Global goals top General Assembly President’s priority list
ABU DHABI. KAZINFORM The President of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly on Monday set out his 2020 priorities, which aim to make the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) a reality by the start of the next decade.
Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, spelled out that these encompass peace and security, quality education, zero hunger, climate action, poverty eradication, and inclusion, the UN News official website reads.
«International peace and security is key to achieving the SDGs, as no development can happen in the absence of peace», he stated.
Stressing the need to work harder, he spelled out: «If ever diplomacy should achieve its purpose, this is one urgent area it must show its face» – including in finding solutions to the Israel-Palestine conflict, Syria, Yemen, Libya and all other conflicts.
He recalled that the second International Day of Education will be celebrated on 24th January with the participation of actors in the education system, governments, the private sector and civil society organizations.
«Ensuring access to free and quality primary and secondary education, as well as affordable and inclusive vocational and technical education, is important, and I will continue to reach out to you…on how best we can continue to collaborate», maintained Mr. Muhammad-Bande.
Turning to zero hunger, he announced that he would host an event in February to discuss the topic «Targeting Hunger: South-South and Triangular Cooperation for Transforming Agriculture».
«It is my hope that member States will use that opportunity to deepen discussion» on better cooperation, «particularly through partnerships in the agricultural sector», he said.
«We can end hunger and help to eradicate poverty if we deepen cooperation in modernizing the agricultural sector, particularly as it concerns availability and affordability of industrial machineries, irrigation systems, high yield seedlings and access to finance», said Mr. Muhammad-Bande.
Climate action at the fore
Spotlighting climate action, he flagged that an Ocean Conference will be held from 2-6 June in Lisbon, Portugal.
From 4-5 February, a preparatory meeting will determine the themes of seven interactive dialogues as well as provide initial inputs for a declaration to be adopted at its conclusion.
He also highlighted a Biodiversity Summit, whose preparatory process will begin on Thursday, saying «we must do our best to tackle the environmental emergencies that we currently face».
«We must build on the political momentum generated by the Paris Agreement in 2015 and the Climate Summit last September, to accelerate action to save the planet from the peril that inaction can unleash», emphasized Mr. Muhammad-Bande, especially «in the light of our disappointment that we could not reach consensus on important issues during COP25 in Madrid».
And to «review the progress made in the fight against desertification, land degradation and drought», he also said he would convene a High-Level dialogue in collaboration with the Secretariat of the UN Convention on Combating Desertification on 9 June.
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