All 193 member countries of the United Nations have adopted a declaration to reaffirm their commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals. This text was unanimously approved at Monday’s meeting, a day before the start of the debate within the United Nations General Assembly. Speeches will be held by leaders from many countries of the world.
A group of states led by Russia threatened to block the Declaration on Sustainable Development Goals, but in the end nothing happened. The Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, has said that Monday’s declaration can speed up work towards the implementation of common objectives.
The declaration includes a commitment to financing developing countries and providing support for a package worth at least $500 billion a year. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals include ending poverty and extreme poverty by 2030. These goals were first mentioned in 2015.
However, the coronavirus pandemic, the war in Ukraine and the debt crisis in poor countries have hampered progress. According to the United Nations, if things continue at this rate, 575 million people will live in extreme poverty and more than 600 million more will face hunger by 2030. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has called for more efforts to achievement of goals.
“We see that the progress we aimed for the world is moving at a slow pace, we see that we have not made the progress we wanted. But this is a reason for all of us to take care to achieve more progress”. The German chancellor has said that developing countries are waiting for greater economic aid from powerful nations. The General Assembly of the United Nations officially starts on Tuesday and lasts a week./REL
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