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UN Forum seeks more actions on SDGs

UN Forum seeks more actions on SDGs

Countries, including Bangladesh, have reaffirmed their commitment to achieve the landmark2030 Agendafor Sustainable Development that provides a framework for sustainable development for all the nations, reports UNB. They made the commitment at the eight-day High Level Political Forum concludedon Wednesdayin New York. “The 2017 Forum has yet again reaffirmed its place as a central platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda. The Ministerial Declaration set forth important recommendations and political guidance on all seven SDGs under discussion as well as on the voluntary national reviews and cross-cutting issues,” said Frederick Musiiwa Makamure Shava, President of ECOSOC after the adoption of the 10-page ministerial declaration by consensus. However, there was a vote on two paragraphs, one concerning international trade and the other, on peoples living under colonial and foreign occupation, according to a UN press release. Countries recognised that after almost two years of implementation ‘our individual and collective efforts have yielded encouraging results in many areas’. But, they acknowledged that the pace of implementation must be accelerated as the tasks facing us are urgent. They also noted that the Secretary-General’sreporton the progress made towards achieving the SDGs, found that while global progress has been evident in many cases, it has been uneven across countries and regions and also insufficient across many targets. The Declaration commits “to ending poverty and hunger and ensuring healthy lives,” and to “combating inequalities within and among the countries; and healing and securing our planet”. It also stresses “that climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time and its widespread, unprecedented impacts disproportionately burden the poorest and most vulnerable.” While the Declaration represents an early indication of the global resolve to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, many countries also expressed disappointment that various issues were not fully represented, or that certain issues were not represented as strongly as they wished. The over 1000 business leaders attending theSDG Business Forumalso issued a declaration stating that business supports the SDGs as a framework of universally applicable goals to tackle the world’s most pressing social, economic, and environmental challenges, and vowed to step up action. “Business drives innovation, provides a source of finance and constitutes an engine for economic development and employment. Strong and visionary business leadership is therefore essential to achieving the transformation required by the SDGs.” Participating in the High Level Political Forum were 77 ministers, cabinet secretaries, or deputy ministers and 2458 registered stakeholders. The Forum consisted of 36 meetings, 147 side events, a partnership exchange event, and 10 learning courses and workshops. The Forum takes place every year under the auspices of ECOSOC and every four years it also meets under the auspices of the General Assembly at the level of Heads of State and Government. The next forum at that level will be held in September 2019. This year’s Forum focused on eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world.

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