Secretary-general Antonio Guterres: There is not a moment to be lost in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

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Secretary-general Antonio Guterres: In our journey to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, there is not a moment to be lost as members of a UNDP India farmers’ and Producers’ organization in a village count procurement data.UN General Assembly President Shahid today opened the first UN system-wide meeting aimed at galvanizing action to implement the groundbreaking Blueprint of our Common Agenda launched by the Secretary-General last year.”The well-being of people around the world, the health of our planet and the survival of future generations depend on our willingness to come together in a collective commitment to solve problems and take action,” said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.We don’t have a moment to lose.”He urged participants in the first of five thematic consultations currently taking place at United Nations Headquarters, the first dedicated to accelerating and expanding the Sustainable Development Goals, to “make as much progress as possible on substance and consensus this year”.With 2030 just eight years away, and with COVID-19 pulling the world further off track, Guterres said the recommendations of our Common Agenda aim to put the world “back on track” to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.Each, he said, would advance other goals and indeed our broader pursuit of peace and human rights.Our Common Agenda calls for a new global agreement to share power, wealth and opportunity more widely at the international level, and to allow developing countries to focus their resources on sustainable and inclusive development.Mr Guterres said the “new social contract” would rebalance power and financial resources to enable developing countries to invest in the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.Thousands of displaced women suffering from hunger and food insecurity in Nigeria depend on assistance provided by the United Nations to survive.There is no one-size-fits-all social contract, Guterres noted.Our Common Agenda proposes an intergovernmental World Social Summit in 2025 to “coordinate action to create momentum at a global level” to achieve the goals, while assessing efforts to renew the social contract.He noted that ending poverty in all its forms around the world is not only a goal of SDG 1, but also a top goal of the 2030 Agenda itself.Poverty, he says, is more than lack of income.He also advocated a global economy that works for everyone, including safeguarding public health, reforming the world’s financial system and protecting the environment.Guterres also highlighted three issues requiring urgent action that are “at the heart of our commitment” to leaving no one behind.First, the current learning crisis is “above all a disaster for the world’s youth…Has very serious implications for the future of society.Without a functioning education system, he said, the world will not be able to meet the needs of the labor market, advance gender equality and human rights, or strengthen democratic institutions.To address this issue, the United Nations will hold an Education Transformation Summit in September to rekindle collective commitment to education and lifelong learning as an important public good;Mobilizing action to restore lost progress;And promote a reinvention of education and innovation.The deputy secretary general will lead preparations for the summit, and Mr. Guterres will appoint a special adviser in the coming weeks.Gender Equality While women and girls are at the heart of every social contract, Guterres noted that “their specific needs and aspirations are largely ignored and their work is often undervalued.”The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a spotlight on unpaid care work, largely done by women, that enables large parts of society to function, while contributing to a shadowy “pandemic” of violence against women and girls.In this context, he asked the Deputy Secretary-General to review the Capacity of the United Nations to address gender issues “to ensure that gender equality is at the heart of everything we do”.”I encourage Member States to use these consultations to consider my proposals and how the intergovernmental process can better benefit half the world’s people,” he said.Turning to young people, Guterres stressed the power of youth participation and the importance of their voices throughout the UN system and beyond, and recalled his proposal to establish an Office on youth.He said creating a dedicated agency focused on young people…It would have implications far beyond its institutions, making the entire United Nations system “accountable for serving and uniting with young people”.This not only marked a cultural change, but also sent a strong signal that young people were “a driving force” at the United Nations.Abdullah Shahid, president of the UN General Assembly, reminded during the first Consultation on the Common Agenda that his term as “President of the General Assembly of Hope” was designed to “focus on solutions and concrete actions for people, planet and prosperity”.His priorities include continuing recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, “respecting the rights of all people, protecting the planet and revitalizing the United Nations”.”Our world needs hope,” he said.Only solidarity and collective action can bring hope.This negotiation process…Is key to achieving each of these priorities “.He added: “The United Nations must step up and become more responsive and effective for the people we serve.”Despite the differences, Shahid insisted that “we are one family” and encouraged “finding a way forward” on the proposals on the agenda.”Our effort should be to find the right mechanisms to make sure we reach consensus,” he said.Like fishermen, he says, “let’s fill our boats with fish” rather than “cut the hooks and return to shore empty-handed”.He urged Member States to act “in good faith, with mutual trust and respect, and with the common goal of strengthening our work and improving the world around us.”The easiest of the 7,000 foreign 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