UN / SDG SUMMIT CLOSING

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At the closing of the UN SDG Summit, Secretary-General António Guterres said, “Now is the time to lift the declaration’s words off the page, and invest in development at scale like never before.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 19 SEPTEMBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY

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1.Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters
2. Various shots, conference room
3.SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General:
“We have a rescue plan before us, in the political declaration. Now is the time to lift the declaration’s words off the page, and invest in development at scale like never before.”
4.Wide shot, conference room
5. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General:
“Now is the time to go back to your countries and get to work on the policies, budgets and investments needed to achieve the SDGs. Above all, now is the time for leadership. Let’s take action now for a better, healthier, more peaceful, sustainable and prosperous world.”
6. Various shots, conference room
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Dennis Francis, President of the General Assembly:
“We need to ACT. We need ambition. We need collaboration. We need to be timely.”
8. Wide shot, conference room
9.SOUNDBITE (English) Dennis Francis, President of the General Assembly:
“We need to ensure that the international financial system serves all countries, responding to today’s needs and flexible enough to respond to tomorrow’s challenges. And we must ensure that our public institutions are supporting effective policies and accelerating progress toward the SDGs.”
10. Various shots, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the podium
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, Co-Chair of the Sustainable Development Goals Advocates group:
“We need to ensure that the private sector steps up fully to invest around the world. We need to be activating those resources. We need to work hand in hand with emerging economies to make sure there is predictability instead of in steadiness and stability for their investments.”
12. Wide shot, Trudeau at the podium
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, Co-Chair of the Sustainable Development Goals Advocates group:
“So the time has come, for all of us to step up and understand - the future is expecting us all to meet this moment. We need to redouble our efforts. We need to continue to work together. We need to build a better world that the SDGs are the roadmap to.”

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At the closing of the UN SDG Summit today (19 Sep), Secretary-General António Guterres said, “Now is the time to lift the declaration’s words off the page, and invest in development at scale like never before.”

Speaking to delegates, Guterres reiterated that now is the time for leaders to go back to their countries and get to work on the policies, budgets and investments needed to achieve the SDGs.

“Above all, now is the time for leadership. Let’s take action now for a better, healthier, more peaceful, sustainable and prosperous world,” the UN chief underscored.

President of the General Assembly Dennis Francis highlighted, “We need to ACT. We need ambition. We need collaboration. We need to be timely.”

He added, “We need to ensure that the international financial system serves all countries, responding to today’s needs and flexible enough to respond to tomorrow’s challenges.”

“We must ensure that our public institutions are supporting effective policies and accelerating progress toward the SDGs,” the President of the General Assembly added.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who is also the Co-Chair of the Sustainable Development Goals Advocates group gave a keynote speech at the closing event.

He said, “We need to ensure that the private sector steps up fully to invest around the world. We need to be activating those resources. We need to work hand in hand with emerging economies to make sure there is predictability instead of in steadiness and stability for their investments.”
The Canadian Prime Minister concluded, “The time has come, for all of us to step up and understand - the future is expecting us all to meet this moment. We need to redouble our efforts. We need to continue to work together. We need to build a better world that the SDGs are the roadmap to.”

Seven items are on a “development to-do list,” coming out from the SDG Summit.

First - transform support of the SDG Stimulus into real investments in developing countries.

Second — translate the commitments made at this Summit into concrete policies, budgets, investment portfolios and actions.

Third — strengthen support for action across the six key SDG transitions highlighted here — food, energy, digitalization, education, social protection and jobs, and biodiversity.

Fourth — start planning now for massive increases in investments in social protection.

Fifth — as the political declaration makes clear, it’s high time for developed countries to meet their Official Development Assistance target of 0.7 per cent of gross national income.

Sixth — next month’s meeting of the IMF and World Bank must not be “business as usual.”

In addition to recapitalization, the world need to see an urgent additional re-channeling of $100 billion in un-used Special Drawing Rights. Government delegations should also arrive with specific proposals to massively leverage private funding in support of developing countries.

And seventh — arrive at COP28 next month with concrete plans and proposals to avoid the worst effects of climate change, keep global promises to provide essential support, and help developing countries achieve a just and equitable transition to renewable energy.
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