2021 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2021), 12th Meeting

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13-Jul-2021 01:48:13
World has money, skills, vaccines to create inclusive, healthy planet for all, global leaders say, as high-level political forum ministerial segment begins.

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The world has the means, money, skills and vaccines to strike a monumental post‑pandemic shift towards an inclusive, connected and healthy planet for all, and the time for hesitation is over, world leaders declared at the opening of the ministerial segment of the 2021 high-level political forum on sustainable development today.

The forum is the United Nations central platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Goals adopted in 2015. Under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council, the high-level forum will review, from 6 to 16 July, progress in implementation.

The three-day informal ministerial segment will focus on the forum’s 2021 theme: “Sustainable and resilient recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic that promotes the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development: building an inclusive and effective path for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda in the context of the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development”.

In the afternoon, Sveinung Rotevatn (Norway), President of the United Nations Environmental Assembly, delivered key messages from its fifth session held earlier this year. These recommendations are the intergovernmental body’s contribution to ensuring that the environmental dimension of sustainable development continues to be fully integrated into recovery efforts and implementation of the 2030 Agenda, he said. Deploring that the world is not on track to achieve the 2030 Agenda, he pointed out that this is especially true for the environmental dimension and internationally agreed environmental goals. The poor and marginalized continue to be those most vulnerable to the impacts of environmental risks, he said, adding: “Protecting those most at risk needs to be central to COVID-19 response and recovery measures. This means putting inclusion and the eradication of poverty at the top of our agenda. We must embed equity within and between generations and gender equality more systematically across all planning and response measures.”

The outcomes of the Environmental Assembly called for scaling up global climate action to deliver on the adaptation and mitigation goals of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement, he said. Environmental ministers also called for the establishment of economically and socially sustainable pathways to halt and reverse biodiversity loss and enhance ecosystem integrity, and for enhanced capacity to achieve sound management of chemicals and waste. They also promoted an effective global governance system informed by an open and inclusive environmental multilateralism, including through the Environmental Assembly. There must be adequate, predictable and sustainable resource mobilization from all sources, he stressed. The development, dissemination, diffusion and transfer of technology on mutually agreed terms and capacity-building are important for unlocking practical, affordable and innovative environmental solutions.

Moreover, he stressed the need for an ambitious and realistic post-2020 global biodiversity framework and called for the development of measures to mainstream environmental sustainability across economic sectors and include better conservation and sustainable use of natural resources into economic and social development planning. He went on to report that the Environmental Assembly have identified initiatives that can leverage the opportunities for enhanced cooperation, including the Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030) and the online platform for post-pandemic sustainable and resilient recovery, which showcase policies and actions taken by Governments.

The high-level political forum will meet again at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, 14 July, to continue its 2021 session.
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