PRESS BRIEFING BY MONICA GRAYLEY, SPOKESPERSON FOR GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT MARÍA FERNANDA ESPINOSA
Good afternoon, everyone!
PGA: POLITICAL WILL CRUCIAL TO FINANCING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
This morning, the President of the General Assembly spoke at the opening of the Fourth Annual ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development.
Ms. María Fernanda Espinosa said that political will is crucial in order to finance the Sustainable Development Goals of the Agenda 2030. The meeting was attended by the President of ECOSOC, H.E. Ambassador Inga Rhonda King, the Secretary General, António Guterres, and representatives of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank and the World Trade Organization.
The PGA highlighted financing gaps and the way of solving them. Ms. Espinosa affirmed that developed countries need to fulfill their commitments in the Addis Ababa Agenda to finance development, as well as through the Official Development Assistance, ODA.
Ms. Espinosa also stressed the importance of a partnership on additional investments from the private sector and the public sector. She said that small and medium-sized businesses form 70% of work sources around the world.
She also stressed that in order to achieve the Agenda 2030, the world needs to create 600 million new jobs. The PGA stressed the need for a green economy, low-carbon technologies and clean energy sources. The PGA ended by saying that the future of sustainable development depends on full and proper investments and that only by achieving this will humanity be freed from poverty. You can access her speech and more information on our website: un.org/pga/73.
PRESIDENT ESPINOSA TO SPEAK TO STUDENTS AT WILLIAM PATERSON UNIVERSITY ON TUESDAY
Tomorrow, 16 April, the PGA will deliver the Annual Tinker, Spring Lecture at William Paterson University, in New Jersey.
Ms. Espinosa will speak about ‘The United Nations: strengthening multilateralism, migration and gender equality’.
The PGA will talk to staff and students, and also take questions directly from students. The event will start at 11:00 am. and after this, the PGA will attend a luncheon in her honour. The lecture will be webcast by William Paterson University.
PGA’S AGENDA AND OTHER ISSUES
President Espinosa started her day very early this morning with the Morning Minga, a breakfast monthly dialogue on cooperation with Permanent Representatives to the UN. Today, the theme was communication. As we speak, Ms. Espinosa is chairing a meeting at the GA Hall on South-South Cooperation for Development. This afternoon, she will take part in a luncheon with Women Ambassadors, and take part in the opening of the exhibition “Oman’s Message of Islam”, which will be hosted near the Vienna Café, here at the Secretariat.
This is all for today. Do you have anything else?