United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged countries around the world to reorganize to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.
“More than half of the world’s population is halfway behind in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” said Mr. Guterres said. A green, fair and equitable global future is at stake in 2015.
“If we don’t act now, the 2030 Agenda will become the epitaph of a world that could have been,” he said.
The report reveals that only 12% of the 169 SDG targets are on track, and that progress on 50% of them is weak and insufficient. Worst of all, progress has stalled or reversed on more than 30% of targets.
The President noted that the 17 SDGs are in a sorry state due to the devastating “triple crisis” of climate, biodiversity and pollution, exacerbated by the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic and the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. UN.
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As a result, the number of people living in extreme poverty has increased compared to the previous four years. Hunger is also rising, now back to 2005 levels, and gender equality will only be achieved in about 300 years, he said, adding that other downsides include record inequality and rising greenhouse gas emissions.
UN SG And many developing countries cannot invest in the SDGs due to severe debt, while climate finance falls short of commitments. Rich countries have yet to honor the $100 billion in support pledged each year, he said, among other climate pledges.
“The 2030 Agenda is an agenda for justice and equity, inclusive and sustainable development, human rights and dignity for all. It requires fundamental changes in the way the global economy is organised,” he said.
Mr. Guterres also called for an SDG stimulus package of at least $500 billion a year and deep reforms of the international financial framework, two of the report’s key recommendations. The plan aims to increase affordable long-term financing for all countries in need, tackle debt and expand emergency financing — all areas where action is needed, he said.
He emphasized that while these measures may help reverse the situation, they will not solve the underlying problem of the current unfair and dysfunctional global financial system, which will require deeper reforms.
Reiterating his call for “a new Bretton Woods moment” – when the first negotiated international monetary rules were established in 1944, including the International Monetary Fund, the senior UN official insisted that developing countries should be better represented in global financial institutions.
Referring to the SDG Summit scheduled for next September in New York, Mr.