UN Chief on SDG Moment | Sustainable Development Goals | United Nations

Sep 19, 2022

Remarks by António Guterres, Secretary-General of the UN, on the SDG Moment 2022.

Opening the Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs) Moment in New York, UN Secretary-General said the meeting happens “at a critical point” in the world and urged countries to take more action.

Listing several crises, António Guterres said that “each peril is pushing the Sustainable Development Goals further out of reach.”

According to the UN chief, in the face of such perils, “it is tempting to put our long-term development priorities to one side. To leave them for a sunny day. But development cannot wait.”

“The education of our children cannot wait. Dignified jobs cannot wait. Full equality for women and girls cannot wait. Comprehensive health care, meaningful climate action, biodiversity protection — these cannot be left for tomorrow,” said the Secretary-General.

Guterres said everyone must “do more to lift up women and girls in every walk of life” and to “save our planet — which is quite literally on fire.”

For the UN chief, this means “addressing the triple planetary crisis of climate breakdown, biodiversity loss and pollution” and moving away from a “suicidal dependence” on fossil fuels and jump-starting the renewable energy transition in every country.

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