05 September 2016

Secretary-General’s remarks at G20 Summit session on Inclusive and Interconnected Development [as prepared]


Last year, many of you were in New York to celebrate the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and mark the 70th anniversary of the United Nations.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a universal, integrated and transformative plan of action for peace and prosperity for all on a healthy planet.

To achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, we need change in our economies, in our societies, and in our relationship with the environment.

We need balanced, inclusive and sustainable economic growth.

As we increase our economic activity through innovation and structural reform, we must dramatically reduce our environmental footprint.

We must address the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable first, and make sure we leave no one behind.

The Addis Ababa Action Agenda provides a global framework for financing the 2030 Agenda implementation.

It aligns all financing flows and policies with sustainable economic, social and environmental development.

The Paris Agreement on climate change charts a path to tackle climate change, which is essential for durable prosperity and global security.

I commend the G20 for your leadership in supporting these global agreements.

The principles and policies of the 2030 Agenda have been mainstreamed into the G20 work during this Presidency. The G20 Action Plan to support implementation of the 2030 Agenda is testament to your commitment to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

I also applaud the leaders of France, Germany, Japan, Mexico and the Republic of Korea for initiating inter-ministerial coordination mechanisms on implementation of the SDGs.

I call upon all G20 Leaders to follow these good examples.

Implementing the 2030 Agenda will strengthen our collective ability to address short-term risks and build long-term resilience.

This is why it is essential that sustainable development is fully integrated into a global macroeconomic policy framework. It should also guide our efforts to strengthen global economic governance.

The 2030 Agenda also provides the framework for the needed structural transformation in Africa and in Least Developed Countries.

The G20 Initiative on Supporting Industrialization in Africa and LDCs will strengthen their inclusive growth and development potential. The UNIDO report provides a comprehensive framework in this regard.

Increased investments in infrastructure and industry, access to finance, sharing and transfer of technologies, trade facilitation, capacity building and improving enabling environments can support the transformation needed.

I am heartened by the political support you have given to these key priorities, and I encourage you to promote rapid implementation and follow-up.

The G20 support to the Paris Agreement on climate finance is crucial. As you know, we are very proud of having received from President Xi and President Obama the legal instrument ratifying and joining the Paris Agreement. I encourage all G20 and non-G20 countries to join the Paris Agreement before the end of 2016.

Now it is time to ensure we live up to our commitments on climate finance, including the commitment to provide 100 billion dollars for the Green Climate Fund. This is an important step to support developing country efforts to implement the Paris Agreement.

Let me close by highlighting the importance of your attendance at the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants on 19 September during the General Assembly. This Summit will provide a historical opportunity for the world to agree on a better response to large movements of refugees and migrants. President Obama and some of the key leaders, including myself, are going to co-chair another summit on refugees the following day, 20 September. The timing of the Summit meeting is critical as we are witnessing an unprecedented level of human mobility.

Xie-Xie // Thank you.