UNITED NATIONS, South African Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has called on leaders of the world in government, business and civil society to work together to eradicate poverty and achieve all the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 as targeted.
The SDGs are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity under a blueprint framed by the United Nations after the expiry of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015.
It is my sincere hope and wish that as we now focus on the implementation of the SDGs, we need all the available developmental tools and means of implementation at our disposal, Molewa said when addressing the UN High-Level Political Forum 2017 taking place this week at UN headquarters in New York.
We must work together in mobilising sufficient, adequate and predictable financial resources for the implementation of the SDGs. Developed countries must continue to honour their historic obligations and responsibilities, as part of the commitments made in the context of the global partnership for development. Without the means of implementation, we will not be able to achieve much, added Molewa.
She said food security and nutrition were essential for sustainable development and strongly linked to the presence of sustainable agriculture, healthy and productive oceans and terrestrial ecosystems, all of which are vastly threatened by the impacts of climate change and as such, adversely affect food production.
In this regard, our commitment to and the full implementation of all elements of the Paris Agreement )on climate change) in its entirety, and not merely disaster risk management, and early warning becomes absolutely vital, Molewa said.
The meeting of the high-level political forum on sustainable development is convened under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council started on Monday and will conclude on Wednesday under the theme, “Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world”.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK