UN / SDGS PROGRESS REPORT

17-Jul-2017 00:01:51
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres presented a report which says greater efforts are needed to accelerate progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) if the world is to eradicate poverty, address climate change and build peaceful, inclusive societies for all by 2030. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / SDGS PROGRESS REPORT
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SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 17 JULY 2017, NEW YORK CITY
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1. Med shot, UN flag at UN Headquarters

17 JULY 2017, NEW YORK CITY

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3. SOUNDBITE (English) Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“I think it is important to recognize that there is a paradox in it. Because problems are more and more global, challenges are more and more global, there is no way any country can solve them by itself and so we need global answers. And we need multilateral government forms. And we need to be able to overcome this deficit of trust.”
4. Wide shot, meeting
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“We are seeing that the green economy is becoming more and more the economy of the future that green business is good business and those that will not bet on green economy, on green technologies will inevitably loose or not gain economically in the years to come.”
6. Wide shot, meeting
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“Sustainable and inclusive development is in itself a major factor for the prevention of conflict as it is a major factor for the prevention of natural disasters and other aspects in which the resilience of the societies is so important today.”
8. Cutaway, delegates
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Jeffrey Sachs, Director of The Earth Institute, Columbia University:
“We need a polluter pay funding for loses and damages. All over the world, your countries will suffer; droughts and floods and category five hurricanes and other disasters. And then you will beg for aid. But it is not aid that you need it is compensation. Because ninth tenths of the countries in this room did not cause this. This is caused by the emissions of the richest countries. The responsibility lies first with the United States, second with Europe.”
10. Wide shot, Sachs at the podium
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United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres presented a report which says greater efforts are needed to accelerate progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) If the world is to eradicate poverty, address climate change and build peaceful, inclusive societies for all by 2030.

Using the most recent data available, the annual SDGs report provides an overview of the world's implementation efforts to date, highlighting areas of progress and areas where more action needs to be taken to ensure no one is left behind.

Speaking at a high-level event at the UN Headquarters in New York today (17 Jul) United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said that while the globalization generally brought prosperity to the world, it also caused an increase in equality and that “the people have been left behind.”

He said “I think it is important to recognize that there is a paradox in it. Because problems are more and more global, challenges are more and more global, there is no way any country can solve them by itself and so we need global answers. And we need multilateral government forms. And we need to be able to overcome this deficit of trust.”

Secretary-General also said that the addressing the climate change and commitment to the Paris Agreement are crucial in achieving the Agenda 2030.

Guterres added “we are seeing that the green economy is becoming more and more the economy of the future that green business is good business and those that will not bet on green economy, on green technologies will inevitably loose or not gain economically in the years to come.”

Warning against diverting development funds into security resources, Secretary-General said “sustainable and inclusive development is in itself a major factor for the prevention of conflict as it is a major factor for the prevention of natural disasters and other aspects in which the resilience of the societies is so important today.”

Also speaking at the event, Jeffrey Sachs, Director of The Earth Institute, Columbia University said “we need a polluter pay funding for loses and damages. All over the world, your countries will suffer; droughts and floods and category five hurricanes and other disasters. And then you will beg for aid. But it is not aid that you need it is compensation. Because ninth tenths of the countries in this room did not cause this. This is caused by the emissions of the richest countries. The responsibility lies first with the United States, second with Europe.”

While nearly a billion people have escaped extreme poverty since 1999, about 767 million people remained destitute in 2013, most of whom live in fragile situations.

Despite major advances, an alarmingly high number of children under age five are still affected by malnutrition. In 2016, an estimated 155 million children under five years of age were stunted.

Between 2000 and 2015, the global maternal mortality ratio declined by 37 per cent and the under-five mortality rate fell by 44 per cent. However, 303,000 women died during pregnancy or childbirth and 5.9 million children under age five died worldwide in 2015.

In the area of sustainable energy, while access to clean fuels and technologies for cooking climbed to 57 per cent in 2014, up from 50 per cent in 2000, more than 3 billion people, lacked access to clean cooking fuels and technologies, which led to an estimated 4.3 million deaths in 2012.

From 2015 to 2016, official development assistance rose by 8.9 per cent in real terms to $142.6 billion, reaching a new peak. But bilateral aid to the least developing countries fell by 3.9 per cent in real terms.
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