“It could be straightforward to lose hope. However we’re not hopeless. Or helpless. We now have a path to restoration. If we select to take it,” he stated.
Mr. Guterres was talking at the SDG Moment – a main occasion marking the beginning of the Normal Meeting Excessive Stage Week – joined by extra than 30 Heads of State, a debate led by prime UN officers on COVID-19 and a efficiency by Okay-pop sensation BTS, headlined additionally by the President of the Republic of Korea.
For the UN chief, this SDG Second is all about “coming collectively to avoid wasting our planet and one another.”
5 areas of motion
Earlier this month, Mr. Guterres launched “Our Common Agenda”, a plan to strengthen and revitalize the complete multilateral system and rally the world round frequent targets.
Within the doc, the Secretary-Normal factors to 5 areas for pressing motion.
First, the world wants to finish the pandemic. Noting the response “has been too sluggish and too unequal”, Mr. Guterres referred to as on the world to mobilize behind a worldwide vaccination plan that doubles manufacturing, to achieve 70 per cent of the world’s inhabitants by the center of subsequent yr.
Second, he highlighted the necessity for a sustainable and equitable restoration for all, in order that the world stays on observe to finish poverty by 2030.
For him, which means daring investments in techniques that help human growth, but in addition “placing individuals above earnings, together with by means of progressive taxation, and ending tax evasion, cash laundering, and illicit monetary flows.”
He then pointed to equal rights for girls and women, saying none of the SDGs may be achieved with out gender equality.
“We’d like daring investments to ensure each woman has a seat within the classroom and the abilities she must chart her personal future”, he stated within the wake of the reopening of excessive colleges in Afghanistan on the weekend, with out the Taliban permitting women to return to check.
“We have to dismantle the ability constructions that permit discrimination, violence and financial hardship to maintain one half of humanity down. And we have to be sure that women and girls have a seat at each desk,” he stated.
One other precedence is to finish the struggle towards the planet, by committing to web zero emissions by 2050. Mr. Guterres additionally requested Member States to shelve plans for any new coal-fired energy vegetation after 2021, and mobilize $100 billion a yr for local weather motion.
Lastly, he pressured the significance of an equitable world restoration, asking individuals in all places to work with their governments to place individuals first of their budgets and restoration plans.
“My pals, the pathway is there. The selection is ours. Let’s transfer ahead with hope and conviction,” he concluded.
Restoration and new challenges
Talking on the occasion, the brand new president of the Normal Meeting, Abdulla Shahid, stated that “going ahead, the gaps in political will and useful resource dedication, stay a typical fault line”, hampering progress in direction of reaching the SDGs.
“This should change. Let the setback that the world has seen, strengthen our resolve and reinforce our willpower to recuperate from the pandemic and to construct the SDGs. Collectively it’s doable,” he stated.
Shot within the arm from BTS
One of many members of Okay-pop band BTS, stated that he had additionally “felt bewildered and troubled” by the setbacks of the previous 18 months, however stated now was “a really perfect time of our lives to tackle new challenges.”
“What’s necessary are the alternatives we make after we are confronted with change proper? A few of you heard the information that we have been coming to the UN and lots of you have been questioning whether or not we have been vaccinated. And sure, all seven of us, after all, we obtained COVID-19 vaccination,” one other BTS member stated.
Extra to return
Heading up the 76th Normal Meeting’s Excessive-Stage Week, the SDG Second is held prematurely of main conferences on meals techniques, local weather, power, jobs and social safety.
The SDG occasion is designed to construct the momentum wanted to ship on the Decade of Action and Preserve the Promise of the SDGs.
Moreover world leaders, leaders from enterprise, civil society, native authorities, the SDG Advocates and the UN, highlighted the necessity to scale up options.
For the UN, to get the SDGs again on observe and forestall the worst impacts of local weather change, a profound shift in economies and societies in all places, is now wanted.
Within the final 18 months, COVID-19 has disrupted economies and livelihoods, deepened inequalities and dangers sending greater than 70 million individuals into excessive poverty.
In the identical interval, progress on lowering greenhouse fuel emissions has been too sluggish and biodiversity loss has continued at a rare tempo. That is compounded by a deeply uneven world response to the pandemic with the world’s poorest international locations and folks struggling essentially the most.
Recognizing this urgency, the UN launched a brand new marketing campaign final week, “Keeping the Promise”. The digital marketing campaign calls on individuals world wide to make a promise to take motion for a greater future for all.
Customers are being requested to select from 11 guarantees impressed by the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the world’s to-do record to guard the planet and all its individuals.