UN / HIGH LEVEL POLITICAL FORUM

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Secretary-General António Guterres said, “our world is in deep trouble – and so too are the Sustainable Development Goals.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 13 JULY 2022, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT

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RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations Headquarters

13 JULY 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, General Assembly
3. Pan right, delegates
4. Wide shot, Secretary-General António Guterres walks up to the rostrum
5. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Our world is in deep trouble – and so too are the Sustainable Development Goals. Time is running out, but there is still hope, because we know what we need to do: End the senseless, disastrous wars – now. Unleash a renewable energy revolution – now. Invest in people and build a new social contract – now. And deliver a New Global Deal to rebalance power and financial resources and enable all developing countries to invest in the SDGs. Let’s come together, starting today, with ambition, resolve and solidarity, to rescue the SDGs before it is too late.”
6. Pan right, delegates
7. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The ripple effects of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have hit amid a fragile and uneven recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, while the climate emergency is gathering pace. Some countries are investing in recovery through a transition to renewable energy and sustainable development. But others are unable to do so, because of deep-rooted structural challenges and inequalities, at global and national levels.”
8. Med shot, ECOSOC President
9. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The global financial system is failing the developing world. Although since it was not designed to protect developing countries, perhaps it is more accurate to say the system is working as intended. So, we need reform. We need a system that works for the vulnerable, not just the powerful.”
10. Various shots, delegates applauding
11. Various shots, New York City Youth Chorus performing “Dream Big, Speak Loud”
12. Wide shot, Pakistan’s Minister for Planning, Development and Special initiatives Ahsan Iqbal, at the press conference dais
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Ahsan Iqbal, Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives, Pakistan:
“These goals are very critical to ensure that there is equitable growth and development in the world. Today the world is becoming unequal, and we have seen that inequality does not bring stability. Inequality brings conflicts. Inequality brings polarization. So, if we want to see a peaceful world, we must make sure that no country, no region, is left behind and the fruits of development are shared.”
14. Wide shot, end of briefing

STORYLINE:

Secretary-General António Guterres today (13 Jul) said, “our world is in deep trouble – and so too are the Sustainable Development Goals.”

Addressing the high-level segment of the Economic and Social Council’s (ECOSOC’s) High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) the Secretary-General said, “time is running out, but there is still hope” and identified four areas for immediate action.

First, recovery from the pandemic in every country. Second, the need to tackle the food, energy and finance crisis. Third, investment in people. And fourth, ambitious climate action.

He underscored that we must end “senseless, disastrous wars, unleash a renewable energy revolution, invest in people and build a new social contract.”

He also called for countries to deliver a “New Global Deal to rebalance power and financial resources and enable all developing countries to invest” in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

He called on stakeholders to “come together, starting today, with ambition, resolve and solidarity, to rescue the SDGs before it is too late.”

Following the HPLF’s high-level segment, the Minister for Planning, Development and Special initiatives of Pakistan, Ahsan Iqbal held a press encounter and said the SDGs “are very critical to ensure that there is equitable growth and development in the world.”

Iqbal said, “today the world is becoming unequal, and we have seen that inequality does not bring stability. Inequality brings conflicts. Inequality brings polarization. So, if we want to see a peaceful world, we must make sure that no country, no region, is left behind and the fruits of development are shared.”

The 2022 HLPF’s theme is “Building back better from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) while advancing the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.

Guterres said, “the ripple effects of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have hit amid a fragile and uneven recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, while the climate emergency is gathering pace. Some countries are investing in recovery through a transition to renewable energy and sustainable development. But others are unable to do so, because of deep-rooted structural challenges and inequalities, at global and national levels.”

He said, “the global financial system is failing the developing world. Although since it was not designed to protect developing countries, perhaps it is more accurate to say the system is working as intended. So, we need reform. We need a system that works for the vulnerable, not just the powerful.”

The High-Level meeting provides a space for the ECOSOC to discuss, at the ministerial level, how to best develop forward-looking policy approaches to building back better and put the world back on track to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development while advancing a more inclusive and networked multilateralism. It aims to discuss how to balance short-term crisis relief with long-term analysis, planning and thinking.

The Report of the Secretary-General on Progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals indicates that the multiple and interlinked global crises – the COVID-19 pandemic, the climate crisis and the impacts of the conflict in Ukraine and elsewhere – will lead to an additional 75 million to 95 million people living in extreme poverty in 2022.

While almost all countries have introduced new short-term social protection measures in response to the COVID-19 crisis to protect people’s health, jobs and income, more than 4 billion people did not have social protection in 2020.
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