GABRIELA CUEVAS BARRON, President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, said the international community cannot afford to slow its work towards achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, which will empower women and youth and ensure democracy. The United Nations remains the most important global institution and individual Governments must continue to meet their commitments to multilateralism. Parliaments need to actively engage with the United Nations as Government decisions impact the Organization. The Assembly has been supportive of parliaments. The seventy-fifth anniversary marks a new beginning for the United Nations, parliaments and the Inter-Parliamentary Union, she said, stressing that it is time to work together for a better world for everyone.