New York, 20 September 2022 (TDI): The annual Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Moment was held on the 19th of September at the 77th session of UNGA.

UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres and President of UNGA 77, Csaba Korosi joined the world leaders in New York. They urged the world to come forward to secure the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for a better future.

The SDG Moment

While asking for more financial assistance, António Guterres added, “The world has a long to-do list.” To achieve the SDGs, the world requires more finances and investments from both the public and private sectors.

Adding to it, he clarified that the current situation in the world may call for us to set aside long-term priorities. Then he stressed that despite everything, development cannot wait.

António Guterres said, “The education of our children cannot wait. Dignified jobs cannot wait. Full equality for women and girls cannot wait. Comprehensive healthcare, meaningful climate action, biodiversity protection – these cannot be left for tomorrow.”

Furthermore, he said that the world can face this crisis more effectively if it counters the challenges with unity.

Csaba Korosi, the President of the 77th session of UNGA also reaffirmed the words of António Guterres. He said that it is time that we “re-dedicate ourselves to the SDGs”.

President of UNGA session 2022 also highlighted the worldwide effects of COVID-19. It slowed down the progress of the entire globe. He added, “Solutions are at hand, we must now regain the speed lost to the pandemic and to our inaction.”

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Prime Minister of Barbados and UN Environment Champion of the Earth, Mia Motley, highlighted the meaning of each of the SDGs. She reminded the world leaders about the importance of reducing the use of plastic to save the planet.

While addressing the world leaders she said, “A world that is driven by a climate crisis cannot provide a sustainable future for us. Are we so arrogant to believe that there will be no failed societies and no extinct species, as history shows us otherwise?”

Other Goodwill Ambassadors also highlighted the importance of taking immediate climate actions to save the planet. The ambassadors emphasized climate action, and the role of the young generation to fight for a better tomorrow.