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At the opening of the first-ever Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Summit at United Nations Headquarters, Secretary-General António Guterres said “the good news is that the 2030 Agenda is coming to life,” but also stressed that “we are far from where we need to be.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 24 SEPTEMBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1. Various shots, exterior United Nations headquarters
2. Wide shot, conference room
3. wide shot, dais
4. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The good news is that the 2030 Agenda is coming to life. Governments, north and south, have begun integrating the Goals into national plans and strategies. The private sector is coming to understand that green business is good business. And cities, businesses, the international financial sector, civil society, young people and more are stepping up and taking action. And we are making progress. Extreme poverty and child mortality rates are falling. Access to energy and to decent work is rising. And we see from this Summit, the commitment to the 2030 Agenda is an unmistakable commitment.”
5. Wide shot, conference room
6. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“But let us be clear: we are far from where we need to be. We are off track. Deadly conflicts, the climate crisis, gender-based violence, and persistent inequalities are undermining efforts to achieve the Goals. Indeed, half the wealth around the world is held by people who could fit around a conference table. Uneven growth, rising debt levels, heightened global trade tensions are creating new obstacles to implementation. Youth unemployment remains at alarming levels. And global hunger is unfortunately on the rise.”
7. Wide shot, dais
8. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“And at the current pace, almost 500 million people could remain in extreme poverty by 2030. We must step up our efforts. And we must do it now. We must regain the trust of the people and respond to perceptions and experiences of alienation and instability generated by the current model of globalization. We have the best solution in the Agenda 2030, our blueprint for a fair globalization. We must transition our economies towards net zero emissions by 2050. We must boost the development prospects of the world’s most vulnerable countries and most marginalized people. And we must look at the 2030 Agenda not through the prism of the economy of the last decade, but the economy of the next decade, seizing the potential of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and safeguarding against its dangers.”
9. Wide shot, conference room

STORYLINE:

At the opening of the first-ever Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Summit, today (24 Sep) at United Nations Headquarters, Secretary-General António Guterres said “the good news is that the 2030 Agenda is coming to life” but stressed that “we are far from where we need to be.”

Guterres said “governments, north and south, have begun integrating the Goals into national plans and strategies. The private sector is coming to understand that green business is good business. And cities, businesses, the international financial sector, civil society, young people and more are stepping up and taking action.”

He said, “extreme poverty and child mortality rates are falling. Access to energy and to decent work is rising. And we see from this Summit, the commitment to the 2030 Agenda is an unmistakable commitment.”

Nevertheless, the Secretary-General made clear that “we are off track” as “deadly conflicts, the climate crisis, gender-based violence, and persistent inequalities are undermining efforts to achieve the Goals.”

He said, “uneven growth, rising debt levels, heightened global trade tensions are creating new obstacles to implementation. Youth unemployment remains at alarming levels. And global hunger is unfortunately on the rise.”

Guterres emphasized that, with just over 10 years to go, the world is not on track to hit targets related to sustainable development.

He said, “at the current pace, almost 500 million people could remain in extreme poverty by 2030.”

The Secretary-General urged leaders to “step up our efforts” and to “do it now.”

He said, “we must regain the trust of the people and respond to perceptions and experiences of alienation and instability generated by the current model of globalization.”

The Summit adopted a Political Declaration of Heads of State and Government that provides political guidance how to step up the pace of implementation of the 2030 Agenda and SDGs, and a series of SDG acceleration actions.

In 2015, the Member States of the UN adopted the landmark 2030 Agenda, which provides a blueprint for the transition to a healthier planet and a more just world, for present and future generations.

The Agenda is broken down into 17 Sustainable Development Goals, concrete targets concrete targets, to end poverty and hunger; expand access to health, education, justice and jobs; promote inclusive and sustained economic growth; while protecting our planet from environmental degradation.

The SDG Summit, which will continue Wednesday (25 Sep), is one of the five important high-level summits and meetings taking place during the opening week of the latest session of the UN General Assembly. It will allow leaders from government, business and other sectors to identify specific actions that can help get the SDG response back on track, with a decade of action and delivery still in play, in the lead up to the 2030 deadline.
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