Key UN discussion board closes with ‘enthusiasm, ardour and high-energy’ to achieve the SDGs

Key UN discussion board closes with ‘enthusiasm, ardour and high-energy’ to achieve the SDGs

“We have superior the substantive programme of the [Economic and Social] Council (ECOSOC) and initiated concrete foundational motion to implement the selections of the General Assembly” in resolutions on strengthening the HLPF and ECOSOC, mentioned the physique’s president, Collen Kelapile.

Urgency and ambition

Although the COVID pandemic continues, “we’re transferring on within the street to restoration and…trying far forward, past at the moment’s daunting challenges and crises,” he mentioned. 

Reversing the pandemic’s destructive impacts on the probability of reaching the formidable SDGs; reworking socio-economic and monetary techniques; addressing the ripple results of the warfare in Ukraine on meals safety and vitality provide; and halting local weather change, air pollution and biodiversity loss, are “a calling we should work a lot tougher to attain,” the ECOSOC president added.

He reminded that we now have the instruments and means, however wanted to work “collectively in solidarity” as a “international household”.

Mr. Kelapile mentioned the brand new Ministerial Declaration, which the assembly adopted by consensus, offers an “unwavering dedication to understand the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. 

Overarching calls

Sharing a few of the principal messages of the HLPF, he described at the moment’s challenges as a menace to the SDGs but in addition a chance for renewed multilateral motion and the hunt for revolutionary options.

And whereas the pandemic has uncovered inequalities between and inside international locations, it has additionally underscored the significance of common healthcare protection supported by correct healthcare techniques – with out which, “there may be no sustainable growth”.

The ECOSOC President spoke about the necessity to bridge the financing hole by reforming worldwide debt and taxation structure.

He additionally underscored that schooling is “a human proper and a typical public good, not a privilege,” noting the upcoming Transforming Education Summit in September to deal with obstacles that hinder SDG-4.

Mr. Kelapile reminded that no nation has achieved gender equality and that the wants of ladies and ladies have to be addressed “extra comprehensively” to construct again higher, together with eradicating violence towards girls and implementing nationwide gender budgets.

He then harassed the significance of partaking native authorities for “an inclusive implementation and evaluation of the 2030 Agenda” whereas declaring that vaccine fairness and manufacturing in creating international locations “is vital to financial restoration”.

Turning to the setting, the ECOSOC chief highlighted {that a} “whole-of-society” method was required to successfully tackle international deforestation, land degradation, biodiversity loss, poverty eradication, meals insecurity and local weather change, including that the UN Ocean Conference in Lisbon, confirmed that there are nonetheless alternatives for complete ocean motion.

Ground for optimism

“I’m notably heartened that in this HLPF we launched preparations for the 2023 SDG Summit to be held in September 2023 on the mid-term level of implementation of the 2030 Agenda”, mentioned Mr. Kelapile. 

Pointing to HLPF debates and the Ministerial Declaration, he noticed “robust grounds for optimism”. 

“Let us all return to our international locations inspired and re-invigorated, to proceed efforts to recuperate from this pandemic and construct again higher by way of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its 17 SDGs,” concluded the ECOSOC President.

‘Special day’

“Today was a special occasion,” Liu Zhenmin, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) instructed the assembly, outlining how the morning session mentioned concepts on how you can enhance multilateralism and make it extra inclusive, networked and efficient.

And afternoon discussions seemed intimately on the pandemic’s public well being response; finance and debt aid; and local weather change and social safety, together with labor rights and schooling.

“We studied future situations to make sure sustainable growth and what we will do now to make our future higher…[and] sustainable growth paths, long-term imaginative and prescient and situations,” mentioned the DESA chief.

Unity ‘laid out’

The discussion board has demonstrated that if we’re effectively knowledgeable of demographic, social and environmental adjustments which can be coming our approach within the years forward, “we will anticipate them and make the wanted coverage adjustments now,” he noticed.

Against that backdrop, he expressed pleasure in seeing that the Ministerial Declaration was adopted to supply clear steering on how you can tackle future challenges.

“Our unity is specified by nice element within the Ministerial Declaration, and I congratulate you on this achievement. I’m happy that the robust dedication to the success of the targets that we set in 2015 continues to be vibrant. This will speed up our journey on our frequent street to restoration and resilience,” Mr. Liu concluded.



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