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SDG Forum Closes

Content by: South-South News

24 July 2018, New York, USA | South-South News — At the closing of a High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development on July 18 at United Nations Headquarters, Secretary-General António Guterres said, “Important progress” has been achieved around the world towards the fulfilment of the 2030 Agenda, but “we are lagging or even backtracking in other areas that are fundamental to our shared pledge to leave no one behind.”

The Secretary-General stressed the need to engage young people and said, “Education is essential, as a critical tool for empowerment, for advancing gender equality and decent work for all, and for changing the way we produce, consume and live.”

On climate change, he said, “We must acknowledge that Paris is not enough. The economic and social transformation needed to stay well below 2 degrees, requires nothing short of an industrial and energy revolution and we are not yet there.”

On funding gaps for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) investments, he said “countries must do everything to mobilize internal resources. But the international community must do all it can to make sure they support countries in this effort by fighting illicit flows of capital, money laundering and tax evasion.”

The Secretary-General said, “we need to harness the benefits of advanced technologies for all” and pointed to last week’s announcement of the creation of a new High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation.

Finally, he said, “We must further strengthen institutions,” adding that “for peaceful and inclusive societies, we need justice, effectiveness, transparency, accountability, and participation – principles that institutions should follow to deliver the 2030 Agenda, to realize all human rights and to strengthen the trust on which social cohesion is build.”

A draft ministerial declaration of the high-level segment of the 2018 session of the Economic and Social Council and the high-level political forum on sustainable development was adopted at the end of the session.

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