UN deputy chief demands bold policy actions, innovative solutions for SDGs — Global Issues

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In response to the opening of the High Political Forum on Sustainable Development 2024 (HLPF), Amina Mohammed called for transformative actions and bold policy actions to address pressing global challenges such as poverty, food insecurity and climate change.

“While the greatest challenges we face are daunting, Together we can overcome them“To achieve the peaceful, prosperous and sustainable future that all people not only need but deserve,” she told delegates gathered at UN headquarters in New York.

2024 forum

Under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the theme this year focuses on eradicating poverty through sustainable, resilient and innovative solutions in times of multiple crises.

The forum will run until July 17 and will track progress towards Goal 1: End poverty, Objective 2: No more hunger, Goal 13 on climate action, Goal 16 on peaceful and inclusive societiesAnd Objective 17 on strengthening the means of implementation.

On the calendar are Voluntary National Assessment Laboratories (VNR)where countries voluntarily report on their progress towards achieving the SDGs, the challenges they face and their plans to overcome them. Various side events and exhibitions are also organized on the fringes of the HLPF.

Paula Narváez, President of the Economic and Social Council (on screen and on stage), addresses the High-Level Political Forum.

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Paula Narváez, President of the Economic and Social Council (on screen and on stage), addresses the High-Level Political Forum.

Targeted discussions

Paula Narváez, President of ECOSOC, also spoke at the forum, highlighting the challenges facing developing countries, particularly conflict areas, and stressing the need for peace and stability.

She stressed that the agenda includes local and regional actions, insights from regional fora, important intergovernmental discussions and 37 countries presenting their VNRs. The forum’s general debate will serve as a bridge between the SDG Summit to this september Top of the future.

“It will be a space to present transformative actions and initiatives related to monitoring the summit on Sustainable Development Goals in 2023, while also sharing priorities and expectations for the upcoming summit, said Ms. Narváez.

She also stressed the importance of inclusive participation, particularly of youth and marginalized groups, and the cross-cutting nature of the gender perspective for achieving sustainable development.

Time to think…

Ms Mohammed stressed the importance of reflecting on how to make progress towards Agenda 2030in the context of the long-awaited Summit of the Future.

The Summit is a unique opportunity to restore eroded trust and show that international cooperation – human solidarity in the face of opportunities as well as threats – can take us forward.,” she said.

In that context, she mentioned the special event on SDG Acceleration next Monday, which will delve deeper into the specific investments needed and show examples of actions at country level.

Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed addresses the High-level Political Forum.

…and find solutions

In her speech, the Deputy Secretary-General highlighted the multifaceted challenges facing the global community, from poverty to climate change, from war to gender-based violence.

The deeply sobering fact that less than a fifth of the SDGs are on track should be unacceptable to all of us, she stressed.

“But it can also be repaired…this is what this Forum is about – finding solutions and the political will to translate our words into action in the lives of billions of people,” she said, telling delegates:

“Your presence, energy and ambition tell me that while the greatest challenges we face are daunting, Together we can overcome themachieve the peaceful, prosperous and sustainable future that all people not only need but deserve.”

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