Sustainable Development Goals Moment & other topics – Daily Briefing (18 September 2020)

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Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General. Highlights: – Sustainable Development Goals Moment – Young Leaders – Syria – Lebanon – Libya – Belarus – Security Council/Food Security – Burkina Faso – COVID-19/Djibouti – Equal Pay Day – Financial Contribution SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS MOMENT This morning, the Secretary-General spoke at the first Sustainable Development Goals moment. He emphasized that the pandemic has pushed us towards the worst recession in decades, with terrible consequences for the most vulnerable.  But he added that there is still a path that brings health to all, revives economies, brings people in from the margins of society and builds long-term resilience, sustainability, opportunity and peace. That path is the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, he said, which is designed to address the very fragilities and shortcomings that the pandemic has exposed. He stressed that the 2030 Agenda provides the guiding light we need to end the pandemic, to respond to its socio-economic impacts and to chart a course for a transformative recovery. The Secretary-General noted that young people, businesses and civil society have been pushing for transformative change but political will is still lacking. He called on governments to listen to science and to their citizens. “This is no time to procrastinate. The decisions taken over the next few months and years will have enormous impact on where we will be by 2030,” Mr. Guterres added. The SDG moment will happen every year to highlight actions and solutions by Member States and their partners that can drive the change needed to steer the world back on track to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Tomorrow at 9 a.m., NY time we will premiere the film “Nations United: Urgent Solutions for Urgent Times”. This was done in collaboration with our partners from Project Everyone and 72 Films productions. You can watch the film on our various web platforms, including the UN YouTube channel, the WebTV, Facebook, as well as on the platforms of our broadcast partners. YOUNG LEADERS Today, the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth announced the names of the latest class of 17 Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As you know, 17 young change-makers are chosen every other year for their efforts to combat the world’s most pressing issues. These young leaders — between the ages of 18 and 29 years old — represent the diverse voices from every region of the world and are collectively responsible for activating millions of young people in support of the Sustainable Development Goals. The new group includes representatives from: Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Colombia, Egypt, India, Ireland, Liberia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Senegal, Turkey, Uganda, and the United States of America. Full Highlights: https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/noon-briefing-highlight?date%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=18%20September%202020

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