2022 SDG Momentwhere the annual focus is on the 17 Global Goals agreed by countries in December 2015, which comes as the world faces a deepening cost of living crisis amid the wars in Ukraine and COVID-19 pandemic, has halted development, especially in low-income countries.
“The world has a long ‘to-do’ list,” António Guterres to world leadersrequire more financing and investment from the public and private sectors, to meet the growing demand.
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A moment of great danger
Acknowledging the current “time of great danger” for our world – characterized by conflict, climate catastrophe, division, unemployment, mass displacement and other challenges – Mr. Guterres said that despite Although it is “very tempting” to put long-term priorities aside, development cannot wait.
“Our children’s education cannot wait. Decent jobs can’t wait. Full equality for women and girls can not wait. He emphasized, holistic health care, meaningful climate action, protecting biodiversity – these things cannot be left for tomorrow”, he stressed and emphasized that above all In this area, young people and future generations are demanding action.
“We cannot let them down. This is the decisive moment… The dangers we face are incomparable to a united world… Let’s put our world on the right track”, the head of the United Nations called on leaders. world religion.
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Solutions are within reach
President of the General Assembly, Csaba Kőrösiechoed Mr. Guterres’ words, and said that it is more timely and necessary to “redevote yourself to the SDGs” as the world lags behind.
“The pandemic is a postcard from the future, a bleak future of intertwined global crises. One that we want to avoid and one that we can avoid. We must now regain the speed lost before the pandemic and before our inaction. he said.
Mr. Kőrösi added that the time had come to “get serious” about saving the world, with all its pleasant and unpleasant consequences, and to ask Member States of the United Nations to take steps promise made.
A call for children
Hold the number 17 Sustainable development goals At the podium, Prime Minister Barbados and United Nations Environment Champion, Mia Motley, reminded the General Assembly what each SDG goal means, from ending poverty and achieving gender equality, to protect our planet.
“A world driven by a climate crisis cannot provide us with a sustainable future. Are we arrogant enough to believe that there will be no failed societies and no species extinction, as history shows us to the contrary? ”, she asked world leaders.
She called on the world’s children to “lead a revolution” in changing our habits to end pollution and plastic waste, and to “keep leaders on fire” to transform the world becomes a better place to live.
Goodwill Ambassadors participate
Poet, activist and UN Children’s Fund UNICEF advocate, Amanda Gorman, shared one of her inspirational pieces focusing on accountability for leaders, ending poverty, and protecting the Earth.
Meanwhile, SDG supporters and K-pop superstars BLACKPINK, appeared in a video message calling on the world to take concrete actions to tackle climate change and promote sustainable development. steady.
UNICEF Ambassador Priyanka Chopra Jonas was in charge of organizing the event. She reminds everyone that time is running out as we are almost halfway to 2030 to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
“We all deserve a fair, safe and healthy world to live in,” she told the General Assembly. The present and the future are in your hands.”