Wed. Oct 28th, 2020

Ramaphosa urges accelerated global action towards SDGs

Some countries have reneged on their multilateral commitments, Ramaphosa said.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has told a UN gathering on sustainable development that the 2030 Development Goals are the “lodestar for transforming the world, and the template for global cooperation and partnership.”

He said while the coronavirus pandemic has severely set back the ability to realise the Goals, an unprecedented opportunity has emerged to build better and fairer.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and improve the lives and prospects of people around the globe.

The 17 Goals were adopted by all UN Member States in 2015, as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which set out a 15-year plan to achieve the Goals.

The path for Africa is clear

Ramaphosa said South Africa welcomes the opportunity to engage on accelerated global action towards sustainable development.

President Ramaphosa, participating in his capacity as chair of the African Union (AU), said African governments must invest in its people and called on the international community to provide developing countries with the means to achieve the SDGs.

“We must ensure technology transfer and capacity-building support. We must ensure that no country is left behind.  We must prioritise those countries with special needs and circumstances, including least developed countries, small island developing states and countries in conflict or under occupation.”

Regrettably, he said, some countries have “reneged” on their multilateral commitments. “It is our hope that Member States will find common cause in this ambitious, forward-looking and truly transformative global agenda.” 

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Ramaphosa added that COVID-19 has demonstrated what can be achieved if the international community and its development partners act and work together to address global challenges.

“It is within our means to eradicate poverty and inequality, bring about greater economic justice and conserve our natural world for future generations.”

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development provides a global blueprint for dignity, peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and in the future, the UN says.

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