Excellencies, distinguished participants, ladies and gentlemen,
I am honored to address you this morning as coordinator of the five United Nations regional commissions.
We meet this year at the midpoint of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Unfortunately, progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) remains off track across all regions. This is also due to the polycrisis affecting many countries.
Several key messages are shared among the five regions:
- Recommitment to the SDGs is crucial for a sustainable future. Accelerating progress is possible through game changing solutions.
- Peace, stability and resilience are preconditions for SDG progress.
- Sustainable financing and transformative actions are essential for realizing the 2030 Agenda.
Ladies and gentlemen,
To achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, we must significantly accelerate progress in the second half of the implementation period. Three critical elements must be considered.
1. Investment in the resilience of people, cities and economies, particularly for vulnerable populations, is vital for attaining the SDGs.
This includes investments in social protection, gender equality and disaster resilience, and tackling climate change. Making food and energy systems resilient and sustainable and leveraging digital innovations and solutions will be powerful drivers of a sustainable transformation.
2. Informed SDG policies require reliable and timely data.
Enhancing national statistical systems is necessary for accessing disaggregated data. Legal frameworks supporting data-sharing, open-source data, national and regional data exchange, as well as leveraging satellite imaging and big data, are crucial. Policy decisions should be based on solid data.
3. Collaboration and partnerships between countries and stakeholders are crucial for advancing the SDGs.
Subnational and local actors should be involved in the SDG localization and Voluntary National Review (VNR) processes. Engagement of vulnerable and marginalized groups, including women, youth, persons with disabilities and indigenous communities, is imperative.