Guterres included ending hunger, transitioning to renewable energy, closing the digitalization gap, quality education, decent work and social protection, as well as addressing the global crisis, as indispensable steps on the global roadmap.
‘I am deeply encouraged by the detailed and comprehensive political declaration we are discussing, especially its commitment to improving developing countries’ access to the fuel needed to advance the SDGs: finance,’ he said.
The high representative acknowledged the need for action to end hunger, which he called a dreadful stain on humanity and an epic threat to human rights.
The transition to renewable energy, on the other hand, is not happening fast enough, he warned.
‘We are proposing new energy compacts in which governments, businesses and global organizations join forces to invest in decarbonizing energy systems and ensuring a just life and equitable transition from fossil fuels to renewables,’ he stressed.