A side event focusing on the Sustainable Development Goals was recently held during the United Nations General Assembly week to celebrate the adoption of the new global goals, which aim to end poverty, stop climate change and achieve sustainable development.
During the event, Member State representatives including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, and Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister Phan Binh Minh, explained the efforts their nations are carrying out to fulfill the universal development agenda.
The Prime Minister of Norway, who opened her intervention with a motivating quote by Elvis Presley “A little less conversation, a little more action”, stated that education and health are essential to eradicate poverty. She also explained that the longer a girl remains studying, the better her health and less likely she will become a child bridge. She also pointed out that the world must increase humanitarian aid to save lives and protect ecosystems.
The Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, stated that the UN needs to support the implementation of the SDGs and learn lessons from the past, as well as carry out an assessment by 2030. She also emphasized that working together with other states is the key to overcoming crises such as Ebola.
In his speech, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon assured that the Agenda 2030 embraces three principles: participation, inclusion, and partnerships, because it was designed to resonate with people around the world–women and men, young and old, rich and poor. He also said that the UN is ready to support all Member States in making the global goals a success, and called for their action.
This post was created by Adriana Mora (Peace Boat US Intern)