UN / GUTERRES ECOSOC POLITICAL FORUM

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Addressing the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) Secretary-General António Guterres said COVID-19, the climate crisis, and widespread conflict, including Russia’s invasion of Ukraine “have hobbled fragile and limited progress,” but he made clear that “our world was off track well before these upheavals.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 17 JUNE 2023, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations Headquarters

17 MAY 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
3. Wide shot, Secretary-General António Guterres walks up to podium
4. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The COVID-19 pandemic, a burgeoning climate crisis, widespread conflict, and the consequences of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have hobbled fragile and limited progress. But let’s be clear: our world was off track well before these upheavals. Ambition, urgency and solidarity have been lacking from the start.”
5. Med shot, Guterres at the podium
6. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“This is the High-Level Political Forum. And the world is crying out for high-level political action. Action to make the Sustainable Development Goals a reality – for everyone, everywhere. Without it, the 2030 promise is in danger of slipping away, sowing disillusionment, mistrust, and resentment; imperiling the planet; failing women and girls; and denying opportunity and hope for millions of people.”
7. Wide shot, Guterres at the podium
8. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Change is possible. Backsliding is not inevitable. Poverty, pollution, and gender inequality are not pre-ordained. They are trends that can be reversed, problems that can be solved, tragedies that can be averted, lives that can be saved. And together, we can deliver.”
9. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
10. Wide shot, General Assembly President Csaba Kőrösi walks up to podium
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Csaba Kőrösi, President, General Assembly:
“Be courageous. Be ambitious. Be determined in your vision of a peaceful, prosperous, and sustainable future. Let us keep the promise of the 2030 Agenda: the promise we have made to our 8 billion stakeholders. Let us transform the world. Let us save the world.”
12. Wide shot, Kőrösi walks away
13. Wide shot, ECOSOC President Lachezera Stoeva walks up to podium
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Lachezera Stoeva, President, Economic and Social Council:
“Just two weeks ago, on 3 and 4 July, the world saw the hottest days on Earth ever recorded globally and chances are this dooming record will soon be broken again and again. We are past the point of urgency for action, we are at the point of alarm. And yet this is not the time to panic, it is the time to act. Excellencies, As we move forward, it is imperative that the 2030 Agenda continue to be our roadmap for the way ahead. Governments, organizations, and individuals around the world must persevere in efforts to achieve the SDGs by 2030.”
17. Med shot, delegates

STORYLINE:

Addressing the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) Secretary-General António Guterres today (17 Jul) said COVID-19, the climate crisis, and widespread conflict, including Russia’s invasion of Ukraine “have hobbled fragile and limited progress,” but he made clear that “our world was off track well before these upheavals.”

Guterres said, “ambition, urgency and solidarity have been lacking from the start.”

The Secretary-General said, “this is the High-Level Political Forum. And the world is crying out for high-level political action. Action to make the Sustainable Development Goals a reality – for everyone, everywhere.”

Without it, he said, “the 2030 promise is in danger of slipping away, sowing disillusionment, mistrust, and resentment; imperiling the planet; failing women and girls; and denying opportunity and hope for millions of people.”

In closing, Guterres said, “change is possible. Backsliding is not inevitable. Poverty, pollution, and gender inequality are not pre-ordained. They are trends that can be reversed, problems that can be solved, tragedies that can be averted, lives that can be saved. And together, we can deliver.”

In his remarks to the Forum, General Assembly President Csaba Kőrösi said, “be courageous. Be ambitious. Be determined in your vision of a peaceful, prosperous, and sustainable future. Let us keep the promise of the 2030 Agenda: the promise we have made to our 8 billion stakeholders. Let us transform the world. Let us save the world.”

For her part, the President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Lachezera Stoeva said, “just two weeks ago, on 3 and 4 July, the world saw the hottest days on Earth ever recorded globally and chances are this dooming record will soon be broken again and again.”

Stoeva, who convened the Forum, said, “we are past the point of urgency for action, we are at the point of alarm. And yet this is not the time to panic, it is the time to act. “

She said, “as we move forward, it is imperative that the 2030 Agenda continue to be our roadmap for the way ahead. Governments, organizations, and individuals around the world must persevere in efforts to achieve the SDGs by 2030.”

The theme of the HPLF is “Accelerating the recovery from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at all levels.”

The HLPF will support the mid-term review of the implementation of the SDGs and the preparations for the 2023 SDG Summit – the HLPF to be convened under the auspices of the General Assembly in September 2023.
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