“For these goals to become a reality, decision-makers must demonstrate their intention to implement the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals is real and make their efforts transparent through careful follow-up and review”, he said.
The appearances come as the largest gathering of heads of state and government ever assembled at the United Nations are attending the General Assembly. Not only the wellbeing of the people is at stake, but the trustworthiness of those who govern our countries and want to show that they truly care.
Qatar has made great strides in the process of sustainable development, Foreign Minister H E Dr Khalid bin Mohamed Al Attiyah said yesterday.
On Saturday at the United Nations, Xi also said China would establish a development knowledge center to allow countries to share best practices.
“If public participation is successful, this will show that the President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and VP Kalla administration has considered a new way to avoid the failures we saw in the implementation of the MDGs“, he added, referring to the Millennium Development Goals, that the SDGs replaced.
The Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, is composed of 17 goals and 169 targets to wipe out poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate change over the next 15 years. For over 75 years, we have supported girls and boys and their communities around the world to gain the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to claim their rights, free themselves from poverty and live positive fulfilling lives. Nevertheless, its proponents believe that since the plan has been set in motion, it is now time for “a little less conversation, a little more action”. “Besides, we’ll have to address all forms of inequalities across the SDG agenda”.
“Without the private sector, it is not going to happen, as we have budgetary constraints in every country”, Gurria said.
Jamie Drummond, executive director for global strategy at the ONE Campaign, described the global goals as a “citizen’s scorecard, to hold governments accountable for delivery”.
World leaders should work together in a bid to ensure that the new development goals were able to lift millions of people out of poverty, the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki – moon.
Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai, representing youth at the United Nations, urged the gathering of world leaders to “keep your commitments and invest in our future”.
He said world leaders must follow through with “a will which is effective, practical, constant, with concrete steps and immediate measures” to protect the environment and end social and economic exclusion.