UN / SDG SUMMIT OPENING ADOPTION

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Gathering at the SDG Summit in New York, world leaders agreed to urgently step up their efforts to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), our global roadmap out of crises, by 2030. UNIFEED

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STORY: UN / SDG SUMMIT OPENING ADOPTION
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DATELINE: 18 SEPTEMBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY

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1. Wide shot, UN headquarters
2. Wide shot, participants in the General Assembly Hall
3. Med shot, participants in the General Assembly Hall
4. Wide shot, participants in the General Assembly Hall
5. Wide shot, projections about the SDGs in the General Assembly Hall
6. Wide shot, Francis walks to the podium
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Dennis Francis, President, General Assembly, United Nations:
“Despite commitments to eradicate poverty and reduce hunger being at the core of this agenda – alarmingly, 1.2 billion people were still living in multi-dimensional poverty as of 2022.
It is estimated that approximately 8% of the global population – or 680 million people – will still be facing hunger in 2030. Can we accept these numbers or, because they make us uncomfortable, should we pretend they do not exist and carry on with business as usual? Surely, we cannot.”
8. Med shot, audience in the General Assembly Hall
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Dennis Francis, President, General Assembly, United Nations:
“The fact that we are lagging in our promise cannot be the death knell for our blueprint – nor should this Summit be a forum to point fingers, apportion blame, and certainly, not to accept defeat. Instead, bold and transformative actions must be prioritized to support the well-being of our global constituents, particularly those left farthest behind.”
10. Wide shot, Francis walks to the podium
11. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The SDGs aren’t just a list of goals. They carry the hopes, dreams, rights and expectations of people everywhere. And they provide the surest path to living up to our obligations under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, now in its 75th year. Yet today, only 15 per cent of the targets are on track. And many are going in reverse. Instead of leaving no one behind, we risk leaving the SDGs behind.”
12. Med shot, participants in the General Assembly Hall
13. SOUNDBITE (French) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“At the halfway point to the SDG deadline, the eyes of the world are on you once again. Over the course of the weekend, young people and civil society groups came to the UN — or marched in communities around the world — demanding urgent action. Now is the time to prove you are listening. We can prevail. If we act now. If we act together. If we keep our promise to the billions of people whose hopes, dreams and futures you hold in your hands. Now is the time.”
14. Wide shot, Narváez in the podium
15. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Paula Narváez, President, UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC):
“Today is a day for us all to commit again. The political declaration is a testimony of the unbreakable commitment of our leaders with an efficient of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs and all of the principles enshrined in it. It recognizes our collective need to take immediate action regarding the 17 SDGs.”
16. Med shot, Guterres and Francis in the podium
17. UPSOUND (English) Dennis Francis, President, General Assembly, United Nations:
“The Forum will now take a decision on draft resolution A/HLPF/2023/L.1 entitled ‘Political Declaration of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development’ convened under the auspices of the General Assembly. I hear no objection.The draft resolution is adopted.”
18. Various shots, delegates applaud


STORYLINE:

Gathering at the SDG Summit in New York, world leaders agreed to urgently step up their efforts to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), our global roadmap out of crises, by 2030.

Speaking today (18 Sep) at the opening of the Summit, the President of the General Assembly, Dennis Francis, said that “despite commitments to eradicate poverty and reduce hunger being at the core of this agenda – alarmingly, 1.2 billion people were still living in multi-dimensional poverty as of 2022.”

Francis added, “It is estimated that approximately 8% of the global population – or 680 million people – will still be facing hunger in 2030. Can we accept these numbers or, because they make us uncomfortable, should we pretend they do not exist and carry on with business as usual? Surely, we cannot.”

The President also said that “the fact that we are lagging in our promise cannot be the death knell for our blueprint – nor should this Summit be a forum to point fingers, apportion blame, and certainly, not to accept defeat.”


He added, “Instead, bold and transformative actions must be prioritized to support the well-being of our global constituents, particularly those left farthest behind.”


Also speaking at the Summit, António Guterres, the UN Secretary-General, noted that “the SDGs aren’t just a list of goals”, but instead “they carry the hopes, dreams, rights and expectations of people everywhere.”

Guterres continued, “And they provide the surest path to living up to our obligations under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, now in its 75th year. Yet today, only 15 per cent of the targets are on track. And many are going in reverse. Instead of leaving no one behind, we risk leaving the SDGs behind.”


Addressing the delegates, the UN chief said, “At the halfway point to the SDG deadline, the eyes of the world are on you once again. Over the course of the weekend, young people and civil society groups came to the UN — or marched in communities around the world — demanding urgent action.”

“Now is the time to prove you are listening. We can prevail. If we act now. If we act together. If we keep our promise to the billions of people whose hopes, dreams and futures you hold in your hands. Now is the time,” concluded Guterres.


Highlighting the importance of the political declaration adopted, the President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Paula Narváez, said that “Today is a day for us all to commit again.”

Narváez added, “The political declaration is a testimony of the unbreakable commitment of our leaders with an efficient of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs and all of the principles enshrined in it. It recognizes our collective need to take immediate action regarding the 17 SDGs.”

With a strong focus on the means of implementation, and in particular, on financing for development, the declaration acknowledges that without a quantum leap in investments to enable just and equitable energy, food, digital transitions, and a transformation in education and robust social protection in developing countries, the goals simply will not be met.
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