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The world “is challenged like never before”, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Monday, adding, "But we are not hopeless. Or helpless. We have a path to recovery. If we choose to take it. That’s what this SDG Moment is all about.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 20 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

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1.Exterior shot, UN Headquarters

20 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Guterres going to GA podium
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“Our world is challenged like never before. From climate change, to conflicts, to COVID-19, which is putting the Sustainable Development Goals further out of reach. It would be easy to lose hope. But we are not hopeless. Or helpless. We have a path to recovery. If we choose to take it. That’s what this SDG Moment is all about.”
4. Med shot, Guterres at the rostrum
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“We need you. All of you are critical to global recovery. I urge you to work with your governments to put people first in their budgets and recovery plans. Dear friends, the pathway is there. The choice is ours. Let’s move forward with hope and conviction.”
6. Wide shot, Moon going to podium’
7. SOUNDBITE (Korean) Moon Jae-In, President of the Republic of Korea:
"Fearing change, the older generations have left many problems unsolved, yet the younger generations sensitivity and capacity for empathy may find us the solutions. We must not forget, in particular, that the future belongs to our future generations. Joining us today are an exceptionally outstanding group of young men who are connecting with the youth across the world, BTS, in the capacity as a special presidential envoy for future generations and culture. Together with BTS, the first ever special envoy from the private sector, I hope today's gathering will serve as an opportunity to mobilize the future generation's goodwill and action towards sustainable development, guided by the conviction that no one is safe until everyone is safe."
8. Med shot, Moon at the rostrum
9. Graphics, SDG

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The world “is challenged like never before”, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Monday, but the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) still offer a roadmap to get back on track.

“It would be easy to lose hope. But we are not hopeless. Or helpless. We have a path to recovery. If we choose to take it,” he said.

Guterres was speaking at the SDG Moment – a major event marking the start of the General Assembly High Level Week - joined by more than 30 Heads of State, a debate led by top UN officials on COVID-19 and a performance by K-pop sensation BTS, headlined also by the President of the Republic of Korea.

For the UN chief, this SDG Moment is all about “coming together to save our planet and each other.”

The Secretary-General outlined five areas for urgent action.

First, the world needs to end the COVID pandemic. Guterres called on the world to mobilize behind a global vaccination plan that doubles production, to reach 70 per cent of the world’s population by the middle of next year.

Second, he highlighted the need for a sustainable and equitable recovery for all, so that the world stays on track to end poverty by 2030, calling for bold investments in systems that support human development.

He then pointed to equal rights for women and girls, saying none of the SDGs can be achieved without gender equality.

Another priority is to end the war against the planet, by committing to net zero emissions by 2050. Guterres also asked Member States to shelve plans for any new coal-fired power plants after 2021, and mobilize USD 100 billion a year for climate action.

Lastly, he stressed the importance of an equitable global recovery, asking people everywhere to work with their governments to put people first in their budgets and recovery plans.

“Dear friends, the pathway is there. The choice is ours. Let’s move forward with hope and conviction,” he concluded.

Heading up the 76th General Assembly’s High-Level Week, the SDG Moment is held in advance of major meetings on food systems, climate, energy, jobs and social protection.

The SDG event is designed to build the momentum needed to deliver on the Decade of Action and Keep the Promise of the SDGs.

President of the Republic of Korea, Moon Jae-In said "fearing change, the older generations have left many problems unsolved, yet the younger generations sensitivity and capacity for empathy may find us the solutions. We must not forget, in particular, that the future belongs to our future generations. Joining us today are an exceptionally outstanding group of young men who are connecting with the youth across the world, BTS, in the capacity as a special presidential envoy for future generations and culture. Together with BTS, the first ever special envoy from the private sector, I hope today's gathering will serve as an opportunity to mobilize the future generation's goodwill and action towards sustainable development, guided by the conviction that no one is safe until everyone is safe."

For the UN, to get the SDGs back on track and prevent the worst impacts of climate change, a profound shift in economies and societies everywhere, is now needed.

In the last 18 months, COVID-19 has disrupted economies and livelihoods, deepened inequalities and risks sending more than 70 million people into extreme poverty.

In the same period, progress on reducing greenhouse gas emissions has been too slow and biodiversity loss has continued at an extraordinary pace. This is compounded by a deeply uneven global response to the pandemic with the world’s poorest countries and people suffering the most.

Recognizing this urgency, the UN launched a new campaign last week, “Keeping the Promise”. The digital campaign calls on people around the world to make a promise to take action for a better future for all.

Users are being asked to choose from 11 promises inspired by the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the world’s to-do list to protect the planet and all its people.

The SDG Moment serves to place an annual spotlight on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and it was held at the beginning of the United Nation’s General Assembly’s High-Level Week.

It takes place as the world experiences a deeply uneven response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which risks creating a two-tier recovery with significant implications for the advancement of the SDGs, especially in developing countries.

Convened by the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, the Moment will provide world leaders with a platform to showcase the bold plans, actions and solutions that are needed to end the COVID-19 pandemic and set the world on course towards achieving the SDGs. Held in advance of major meetings on food systems, climate, energy, jobs and social protection, the SDG Moment event is expected to build the momentum needed to deliver on the Decade of Action and Keep the Promise of the SDGs.

The event will include more than 30 heads of state, a key debate with UN leaders on the COVID-19 Response and Recovery of the President of the Republic of Korea. Leaders from business, civil society, local authorities, the SDG Advocates and the UN will highlight how to take solutions to scale.
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