PGA reaffirms primacy of the world body


Anjali Sharma

GG News Bureau

UNITED NATIONS, 27th Sept. President of the General Assembly Dennis Francis on Tuesday concluded the debate with global leaders stated that while the UN faces institutional challenges, it remains the paramount platform for crafting collective solutions to humanity’s challenges.

UN’s principal organ with universal membership heard Heads of States and Governments who outlined various challenges, from the existential threat of climate change to the misuse of artificial intelligence.

President Dennis Francis highlighted the relevance of the General Assembly and the United Nations’ unwavering commitment to delivering peace, prosperity, progress, and sustainability to people around the world.

“These developments are a welcome reminder that the United Nations remains focused on the collective challenges of our time,” he stressed.

He addressed ongoing conflicts globally Mr. Francis offered his assistance in facilitating peace and friendship dialogues between nations or groups in conflict, stating, “be assured that I am at your service.”

Preliminary figures indicated that this year’s high-level week witnessed the largest gathering of world leaders in person with some 88 Heads of States, 42 Heads of Governments, and over 650 ministers in attendance.

Top officials took advantage of this massive turnout to engage in more than 2,000 bilateral meetings.

Over 13,000 country delegates, 2,600 members of the media, and more than 40,000 other participants were registered for the general debate and its over 100 associated events.

SDG Action Weekend on 16-17 September, brought together civil society, businesses, youth, scientists, local and regional governments, and other stakeholders to mobilize coordinated efforts toward realizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all 193 UN Member States in 2015.

Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, summarized the high-level noted a collective determination among all stakeholders to achieve the ambitious development agenda, especially at the halfway mark in pursuing the SDGs.

She highlighted the importance of resources, citing the growing burden of debt on many countries, preventing them from adequately funding essential services in education and health.

“We are short of the resources but that’s why we’re pushing for the SDG stimulus. That is a low hanging fruit. That is something we can do with existing resources and institutions. And I hope by the end of this year, we’ll have something to say about that.”

Ms. Mohammed pointed out that a significant number of commitments were made at the Climate Ambition Summit.

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