World leaders gather for a high-level political forum on sustainable development, also known as the SDG Summit.
It’s time to deliver for humanity, says UN Chief.
But leaders of four out of the five permanent members of the Security Council — China, the UK, France and Russia — will be absent. Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi will not be attending, while Russia is sending foreign minister Sergey Lavrov. British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and French President Emmanuel Macron have cited domestic priorities and scheduling conflicts. The two-day summit aims to generate action and commitments to more than a dozen issues that the world body hopes to achieve by 2030.
Astra Bonini, senior sustainable development officer of the UN says that the progress of the world has decreased in recent years due to various reasons and efforts should be made to solve global problems.
“Progress has been set back significantly in recent years. This is in part due to the lingering drag of the COVID-19 pandemic, the highest level of armed conflict globally since 1945, and climate-related disasters as well as inflation and the rising cost of living.”
Antonio Guterres, the UN Secretary-General emphasized practical measures for world peace and progress and called this meeting an opportunity for world leaders to evaluate the world situation and act for the common good.
“Now it is the time to prove that you are listening, we can prevail, if we act now, if we act together. If we keep our promises to the billions of people whose houses, dreams and futures you hold in your hands.”
The United Nations General Assembly consists of 193 members who annually discuss issues of human rights, international law and cooperation in economic, social, cultural, educational and health fields. In this assembly, resolutions and announcements are also approved in order to determine the principles of this organization.
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