Body: But we can and must turn this trend around, stressed the headline in the ministerial segment of that event organized annually by the United Nations Economic and Social Council.
He also recalled that Covid-19 has claimed four million lives in the world and devastated the world economy and, although some countries are now planning recovery, in others the effects of the pandemic are increasing.
According to him he said, first of all it is urgent that everyone, everywhere, have access to vaccines, tests, treatments and support services against Covid-19.
Second, he added, urgent and ambitious climate action is needed, including funding for it, said the Portuguese diplomat.
Guterres mentioned thirdly, paying attention to the lessons of this health crisis and investing in more egalitarian and inclusive societies.
Fourth, and underpinning progress in these three areas, is financing for development, he stressed.
In addition, he warned how the world Gross Domestic Product decreased by approximately 4.6 percent in 2020, while the health crisis pushed 124 million more people into extreme poverty.
Nearly one person in three worldwide was unable to access adequate food in 2020, an increase of nearly 320 million in one year, he lamented.
The High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development has a hybrid format in 2021, that is, it includes virtual events and other face-to-face events at the headquarters in New York. According to the planned schedule, 43 countries will present the actions they take to improve people’s living standards, despite the impact of the pandemic.
To date, 168 UN member states have already presented their progress on Sustainable Development Goals since the first forum of this type, held in 2016, one year after the adoption of the 2030 Agenda.