Sustainable development only possible "if we join forces": ECOSOC

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A technician releases water from the UNICEF supported source station that provides water to several villages in the region in Cyamabuye village in Myapihu district in northern Rwanda. Photo: UNICEF/ Noorani

Sustainable development is only going to be possible "if we join forces" and "recognize the catalytic role of partnerships".

That's the strong message relayed to the 2017 ECOSOC Partnership Forum on Wednesday, by the president of the UN Economic and Social Council, Frederick Musiiwa Makamure Shava.

He said that the collective effort of stakeholders was critical for reaching the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs.

Matthew Wells has more.

Mr Shava told the forum that the 17 individual SDGs, which range from ending poverty to protecting life below sea, required everyone to work together.

ECOSOC, with its multi-stakeholder approach, was an important platform for dialogue among partners he added.

"The fight for a world with no poverty; no hunger and no disease; for better lives for all men, women and children; and for a healthier planet, is a fight that we can only win if we join forces. This is why the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs recognise the catalytic role of partnerships in the implementation of the Agenda."

He stated that ECOSOC was the UN organization coordinating the whole development system of the world body, and the main provider of policy guidance.

As such, he said it was "uniquely placed" to play a central role in the push towards achieving the SDGs, which were agreed by 193 Member States at UN Headquarters, in September 2015.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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