Global agreements need to be "implemented with urgency"

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General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft addresses the opening plenary segment of the Assembly's High-level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Historic agreements on sustainable development and climate change need to be "implemented with urgency" to help overcome global crises.

That's according to the President of the UN General Assembly, Mogens Lykketoft, opening a High Level Debate on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

Drummers from a school not far away from UN headquarters in New York, begin the first global meeting on the SDGs, since they were agreed by more than 190 countries last September.

Mr Lykketoft opened the full day of debate saying that it was time for "all hands on deck" to begin the challenging job of implementing the 17 goals, that promise to put an end to poverty, inequality and hunger.

He said that since September, global crises sparked by terrorism, rising conflict and migration, had proved the need for the world to come together, and tackle the root causes.

"The Paris, New York, Addis and Sendai agreements, together provide us with a solid framework to address the root causes of all these crises, but this will only happen if they are implemented with urgency, if we build on the foundations laid by the MDGs and if we manage the opportunities before us to the benefit of all."

Mr Lykketoft said countries needed to demonstrate their commitment to implementing the SDGs and share effective strategies.

Around 160 countries are expected to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change on Friday at UN headquarters.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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