Worldwide cooperation is necessary to address global issues
Ending poverty requires partnerships and a commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals
NEW YORK — As more than 70 ministers and other senior government officials gathered at the United Nations’ (UN) high-level political forum, being held in New York, many agreed working together is essential to addressing global issues.
Extreme poverty, inequality, conflict and terrorism are making an impact. “Multilateralism is based on the recognition that we cannot overcome these — and other — global challenges in isolation,” said Frederick Musiiwa Makamure Shava, the president of the UN Economic and Social Council, adding that 767-million people are living in extreme poverty, according to 2013 UN reports. “Collective support for the poor and most vulnerable is in the interest of all of us.”
Meanwhile, António Guterres, UN secretary-general, also noted yesterday his concerns about the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) — including targets to end poverty. “Implementation has begun, but the clock is ticking,” he said, pointing to the SDGs Report 2017 released this week. “This report shows that the rate of progress in many areas is far slower than needed to meet the targets by 2030.”
The high-level political forum, which began last week with a theme of “Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world,” ends tomorrow.
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