“It will be easy to lose hope. But we are not hopeless. Or helpless. We have a way to recover. If we choose to take it, ”he said.
Mr Guterres was speaking at the SDG Moment – a keynote address at the start of the General Assembly High Level Week – attended by more than 300 heads of state, a debate led by top UN officials on Covid-1, and a K-performance pop sensation by BTS, the President of the Republic of Korea. .
For the UN chief, this SDG moment is about “coming together to save our planet and each other”.
Five fields of action
Earlier this month, Mr. Guterres launched “Our Common Agenda”, a plan to strengthen and revitalize the whole multilateral system and to bring the world together around a common goal.
In the document, the Secretary-General points out five areas for emergency action.
First, the world must end the epidemic. Noticing the “very slow and very uneven” response, Mr. Guterres called on the world to unite behind a global vaccination plan that doubles production, to reach 70 percent of the world’s population by the middle of next year.
Second, he highlighted the need for a sustainable and equitable recovery for all, so that the world is on track to eradicate poverty by 2030.
For him, it means bold investment in systems that support human development, but “keep people on top of profits through progressive taxation and an end to tax evasion, money laundering and illicit financial flows.”
He then pointed to the equal rights of women and girls, saying that none of the SDGs could be achieved without gender equality.
“We need bold investments to ensure that every girl has a seat in the classroom and the skills she needs to determine her own future.” He said in the wake of the reopening of high schools in Afghanistan over the weekend, the Taliban did not allow girls to return to school.
“We need to break down the power structure that allows inequality, violence and economic hardship to keep half of humanity down. And we have to make sure that there are seats for girls and women at every table, ”he said.
Another priority is to end the war against the planet with the promise of a passive zero emission by 2050. Mr. Guterres called on member states to suspend plans for new coal-fired power plants after 2021 and to raise ১০ 100 billion a year for climate change. .
Finally, he stressed the importance of a just global recovery, urging people everywhere to put their budgets and recovery plans first in order to work with their governments.
“My friends, there is a way. The choice is ours. Let’s move forward with hope and conviction, ”he concluded.
Recovery and new challenges
Abdullah Shahid, the new president of the General Assembly, said that “the gap between political will and the promise of resources remains a common fault line”, which hinders progress towards reaching the SDGs.
“It simply came to our notice then. The disaster that the world has seen, let us strengthen our resolve and strengthen our resolve to recover from the epidemic and build SDGs. Together it is possible, ”he said.
Shot in the arm from BTS
A member of the K-pop band BTS said he was “confused and anxious” over the past 18 months, but said “now is an ideal time in our lives to face new challenges.”
“What matters is the choices we make when we face change? Some of you have heard the news that we are coming to the UN and many of you are wondering if we have been vaccinated. And yes, all seven of us, of course, have been vaccinated against Covid-1. Another BTS member said.
More to come
The title of the th-level General Assembly High-Level Week, SDG Moment was held before the major meetings on food security, climate, energy, jobs and social security.
The SDG event is designed to create the momentum needed to deliver action and SDG commitments over the decades.
World leaders, as well as business, civil society, local authorities, SDG advocates and UN leaders, highlighted the need to increase the level of resolution.
For the United Nations, to bring SDGs back on track and prevent the worst effects of climate change, a profound change in the economy and society everywhere is needed.
In the last 18 months, Kovid-1 has disrupted the economy and livelihoods, deepened inequality and risked sending more than 70 million people into extreme poverty.
At the same time, progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions has been very slow and biodiversity loss continues at an alarming rate. It is further complicated by the world’s poorest country and the most discriminating global response to the epidemic with the most affected people.
Acknowledging this urgency, the United Nations launched a new campaign last week, “Keeping Promises.” The Digital Campaign calls on people around the world to take action for a better future for all.
Users are asked to choose from 11 commitments inspired by the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, a list of things the world needs to do to save the world and all its people.