UN General Assembly and Related Events

New York events on the sidelines of UNGA78 include the SDG Summit and the NYC Climate Week

  • Date
    14.09.23 > 24.09.23
  • Time
    10:00 pm > 09:59 pm UTC-05:00
  • Location

The 78th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 78) will open on Tuesday, 5 September 2023, in New York City, USA. 

Concurrently, major global events will harness the presence of world leaders:

  • The 2023 SDG Summit, held from September 18-19, will review the SDGs’ progress, gathering leaders from governments, organizations, and civil society.
  • The Climate Ambition Summit, hosted by the UN Secretary-General on September 20, 2023, urges action in climate change from governments, businesses, and civil society.

CGIAR Participation

Date Time Event Description
Location OneCGIAR Speakers
September 14 4:00 am – 6:30 am

Climate-smart approaches to enhance ruminant/livestock production efficiency and food production systems

This session highlights climate-smart approaches, global actions, and the UN’s role in addressing Africa’s livestock agriculture’s vulnerability to climate change. It emphasizes the importance of science, collaboration, and farmer involvement in making informed decisions and enhancing resilience.


  • Claudia Arndt, ILRI
September 19 11:30 am – 12:45 pm The Global Stocktake: An opportunity to accelerate transformation through enhanced Climate-Nature-Food Synergies
This event will discuss the unprecedented opportunity, through the first Global Stocktake, for countries to develop a joint mandate to enhance Nature-based solutions in NDCs, strengthen food systems transformation and promote alignment with the Global Biodiversity Framework.
Nature Positive, 101, Park Avenue, New York City
  • Sabrina Rose (Alliance)
September 19 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Bringing Rio Conventions to Life: Women’s leadership in climate and biodiversity agendas

This event will explore the role of women in climate action and land and biodiversity protection agendas from a science perspective, especially in terms of ecosystem services and soil health.

Nature Positive, 101, Park Avenue, New York City
  • Wei Zhang (IFPRI)
September 19 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm The Climate and Us: Exclusive Series Preview

Climate change has been declared by the WHO as the greatest threat of the 21st-century. Through this series, BBC StoryWorks has been collaborating with the Global Climate and Health Alliance to spotlight efforts to research, mitigate, and adapt to climate change’s impact on health, emphasizing the potential health benefits of planetary protection.

BBC, 1120, Avenue of the Americas, New York City
  • Aditi Mukherji (CGIAR)
September 19 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
How can we safeguard crop diversity in perpetuity, and so our options for the future? The Crop Trust, Bezos Earth Fund, and OneCGIAR will bring together experts, researchers, and funders to answer this question and outline potential answers. The interactive event will explore how we can all play a part in conserving crop diversity and adapting agricultural systems around the world to meet the growing needs of our planet.
Mindspace Williamsburg, 25 Kent Ave, Brooklyn
  • Andrew Campbell (CGIAR)
September 21 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

A day of co-creation bringing together voices across Sustainable Development Goal 2 to highlight needs and solutions to accelerate action.

New York University Pless Hall, 82, Washington Square East, New York City
  • Andrew Campbell (CGIAR)
September 21 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Devex and World Food Program USA will explore corporate sector’s impact on global hunger, exploring how US corporations partnership in funding, innovation, and solutions for a hunger-free world.
NeueHouse Madison Square, 110 E, 5th St, New York City
  • Andrew Campbell (CGIAR)
September 21 1:50 pm – 2:10 pm

Devex and the Hilton Foundation will discuss the actions, strategies, and initiatives necessary to support the challenges of smallholder farmers in Africa.

NeueHouse Madison Square, 110 E, 5th St, New York City
  • Aditi Mukherji (CGIAR)