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Updated On: Tuesday, September 26 2017

Guterres Reports on Reform and the SDGs

Content by: South-South News

7 July 2017, New York, USA | South-South News — Secretary-General António Guterres said the UN development system “is not functioning at its full potential” and should be adapted to the requirements of the 2030 Agenda, which “points the way and has to be given life as the defining agenda of our time.”

Guterres underlined key areas for reform including ensuring that the UN system fully transitions from the MDGs to the 2030 Agenda.

He said, “The UN development system must accelerate its transition from the MDGs to the 2030 Agenda. There are major gaps in the system’s current skillsets and mechanisms. The system is still set up to perform on a narrower set of goals focused on certain sectors, rather than across the entire sustainable development agenda.”

Other areas of reform include: increasing the focus on financing for development so countries can unlock the doors to financing, expertise, know-how and technologies; creating a new generation of Country Teams that are more cohesive, flexible and can respond to the specific needs of each country; and increasing accountability, oversight and transparency in the field as well as at headquarters.

Responding to member states questions, Guterres said “The best prevention is sustainable and inclusive development. And that is also true from the point of view of prevention to conflict. So, it’s the other way around, it’s not to say let’s sacrifice development to other objectives, or let’s transfer funds from development to other objectives, security or whatever. It is the recognition of the centrality of development in relation to all pillars of activities of the UN.”

The Secretary-General’s first report will be followed by a second one with further recommendations as well as more detailed actions for reform and this will be released in December this year.

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