High-level ECOSOC meeting to discuss ways to recover from economic damage inflicted by Covid: Munir Akram
The High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), due to meet next week, will discuss ways to ensure a ‘resilient’ recovery that puts coronavirus-affected countries on track to build a better world envisioned in the 2030 Agenda, the President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Pakistani Ambassador Munir Akram said Thursday.
“Countries will share and reflect on the steps they have taken to overcome the pandemic, cope with its impacts and build back better,” he said.
“A central question would be whether and how they are using the SDGs as a model for their response to COVID-19,” Ambassador Akram added.
The 2021 HLPF meeting will be held from Tuesday July 6 to Thursday July 15, under the auspices of ECOSOC. This includes a three-day ministerial meeting of the forum from Tuesday July 13 to Thursday July 15.
The theme will be “Sustainable and resilient recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic that promotes the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development: building an inclusive and effective path for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda in the context of the Decade of action and delivery for sustainable development ”.
The HLPF is the central United Nations platform for monitoring and reviewing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on: no poverty; zero hunger; good health and well-being; decent work and economic growth; reduction of inequalities; responsible consumption and production; climate action; peace, justice and strong institutions, and deep partnerships.
“We must take immediate action to avoid a wasted decade for development in many countries,” Ambassador Akram said, noting that the coronavirus pandemic had caused the worst recession in 90 years, with some 120 million people falling out. in extreme poverty; and 114 million jobs lost.
The Forum will also consider the integrated, indivisible and interdependent nature of the SDGs, he said.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ambassador Akram stressed the need for actions that will not only help overcome the pandemic, but also achieve the SDGs, which he said are the sheet of road to rebuild better.
“We need proactive national policies, but we also need international solidarity and multilateral solutions, which eluded us in the early stages of the crisis,” said the head of ECOSOC.
“Ensuring access to vaccines for all is a prerequisite for global recovery. “
According to an ECOSOC press release, ministers and other participants will be able to explore various aspects of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts. They will discuss the kind of policies and international cooperation that can control the pandemic and its impacts and put the world back on track to achieve the SDGs by 2030, as part of the decade of action and implementation for Sustainable development.
Forty-three countries will also conduct voluntary national reviews (VNRs) of their implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
“I hope that some will announce bold plans and solutions to fight COVID-19 and accelerate efforts towards a healthier, more inclusive and more sustainable future,” Ambassador Akram said.
The HLPF will also adopt a ministerial declaration after its session, according to the press release.