New York, 19 September 2023 (TDI): The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres has urged the development of a worldwide strategy to support the achievements of the Sustainable Development Goals while addressing a session in the United Nations General Assembly on September 18.

In his opening statements at the two-day summit on SDGs in New York, he advocated for addressing hunger, accelerating the shift to renewable energy, broadening the reach of digitalization’s advantages, enhancing children and youth’s education, ensuring decent work and social protection, and taking action on climate change.

“Eight years ago, Member States gathered in this Hall to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). With the world watching — including 193 young people on the balcony holding blue lamps of hope — you made a solemn promise. A promise to build a world of health, progress, and opportunity for all. A promise to leave no one behind. And a promise to pay for it”, said UN General Secretary.

“I am deeply encouraged by the detailed and wide-ranging draft political declaration under discussion here today — especially its commitment to improving developing countries’ access to the fuel required for SDG progress: finance”, he added.

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Furthermore, “I have been calling for a new Bretton Woods moment, and the development of practical solutions by the Summit of the Future next September. But countries can act right now to get the SDGs on track” he emphasized.

Additionally, the UN Secretary-General has identified six critical areas requiring immediate action. These include transforming food systems to combat hunger, promoting renewable energy, ensuring digital access and innovation, supporting quality education and lifelong learning, creating 400 million quality jobs with social protection, and preserving nature by addressing climate change, pollution, and biodiversity loss.

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The SDG’s summit offers world leaders a platform to review advancements in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The core of this agenda consists of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), serving as a pressing summons to action for all nations, regardless of their development status, to collaborate on a global scale.