PGA urges progress on global SDGs

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Anjali Sharma

GG News Bureau
UNITED NATIONS, 15th May.
President of the world body, Denise Francis on Tuesday said that tangible progress is being made towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

UN Development System “continues to provide evidence-based and integrated policy advice to help countries implement the 2030 Agenda” as part of support for each country, Mr. Francis told the annual Economic and Social Council meeting on operational activities for development.

He said that a total of 78 per cent of governments have recognized the UN as a partner that supports their national priorities,

Mr. Francis noted that 98 per cent of host country governments have said that UN country teams “have effectively strengthened capacity to help build resilience to crises, disasters and extreme climate events”.

He said that at last year’s SDG Summit in September, there was a call to address the slow progress of achieving the global goals and only 15 per cent of those targets are on track.

“We must build on this momentum as we approach the Summit of the Future in September a Summit which offers an opportunity to meaningfully scale up commitments towards achieving the 2030 Agenda,” he said.

He called on Member States to recommit to working with a renewed sense of purpose and collaboration to deliver a more sustainable, equitable and prosperous world for all.

UN head Antonio Guterres said he remains deeply concerned about UN development funding in a video message addressed the event.

He said “Securing sustainable and predictable funding” is his main priority for the system this year.

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