Aespa to speak, perform at UN high-level sustainable development forum in New York

Published July 3, 2022, 2:13 PM

by Jonathan Hicap

K-pop girl group Aespa will be attending the United Nations High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development.

The forum will be held at the UN General Assembly Hall in New York City.

Aespa will be gracing the opening of the forum on July 5, which has the theme “Building back better from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) while advancing the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”

Aespa (Twitter)

At the forum, Aespa will speak under the title “Next Generation to the Next Level” and show a performance of their song “Next Level.”

“With 2022, we have entered the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, that has inflicted unprecedented human suffering. With its combined social, economic and health impact, the pandemic has outpaced any other major crisis in recent history. The 2022 HLPF will take stock of the impact of COVID-19 and the other ongoing crises on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” according to a copy of the HLPF program.

It added, “The forum will provide political leadership, guidance and recommendations on how to advance the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda during the Decade of Action and Delivery, as part of ensuring sustainable, inclusive and resilient recovery from the pandemic, leaving no one behind.”

Here is the program for the opening of the HLPF on Sustainable Development from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on July 5:

Chair: Collen Vixen Kelapile, president of the Economic and Social Council

Opening remarks:

– Collen Vixen Kelapile, president of the Economic and Social Council

Keynote and remarks:

– Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations (Main messages from the Voluntary National Reviews)

– Nicholas Stern, Professor of Economics and Government and Chair of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics, United Kingdom

– Suriya Chindawongse, Vice President of Economic and Social Council (Messages from ECOSOC Coordination Segment)

– Qu Dongyu, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization

– Mari Pangestu, Managing Director of Development Policy and Partnerships, World Bank Group

– Kailash Satyarthi, SDG Advocate, 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, India

– Valentina Munoz Rabanal, SDG Advocate, youth feminist activist and digital rights advocates, Chile

Messages and performance:

– K-pop girls’ group Aespa