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Editor in Chief Mohamed Wadie

UN: COVID Pushed Us ‘Further Off Course’ from SDGs

Fri 04 Feb 2022 | 04:13 PM
Ahmed Emam

On Thursday, the deputy UN chief Ms. Amina J. Mohammed indicated that the triple planetary crisis of climate change, biopersity loss, and pollution is worsening, reminding us that the world has less than nine years left to reach the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In her address at a new coordination meeting of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Mohammed said: "Although it has taken a great toll on people across the world, particularly those most vulnerable and marginalized, adding: “We are neither hopeless nor helpless”.

In the same connection, she noted that the majority of people can resolve these challenges by using the Our Common Agenda blueprint, to chart the path forward and reach the SDGs.

“It provides an opportunity to set the tone for the sessions of ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies and shape the UN system’s policy and normative work in the run-up to the High-Level Political Forum, in July”, the deputy UN chief explained.

Ms. Mohammed insisted that it would be “crucial” to identify areas where the Council’s commissions can “constructively ignite and support” an equitable recovery guided by the 2030 Development Agenda.

By bringing together specialized agency heads in this meeting, she said that it can “mark a new chapter in ECOSOC’s journey”, giving more impetus to ensuring “an integrated and impactful UN response” to benefit countries and regions.

In conclusion, she affirmed that there must be a will to tack collective action to accelerate the SDGs.