Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Development Goals

17 July 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks to High-level segment of the United Nations Economic and Social Council on “Multilateralism After COVID-19: What kind of UN do we need at the 75th anniversary?”

As we gather to reflect on the future of multilateralism, the world is experiencing a deepening calamity.
The COVID-19 pandemic has plunged us into an acute health and economic crisis, the severity of which has not been seen in nearly a century.
The socio-economic impacts will likely unfold for years to come.
The crisis risks halting and reversing progress on poverty eradication, food security, gender equality and other Sustainable Development Goals.

14 July 2020, UN Headquarters

remarks to the Ministerial Segment of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development and the High-Level Segment of the Economic and Social Council

Last September, the General Assembly proclaimed a Decade of Action for the Sustainable Development Goals.
That was in response to a deeply concerning reality – the world was not on track to deliver the Goals by 2030.
Today, as the High-Level Political Forum meets to review progress on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, our world is in turmoil.
We were already facing many challenges -- unacceptably high levels of poverty; a rapidly worsening climate emergency; persistent gender inequality; and massive gaps in financing.

09 July 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks at UN-Water High-level Forum to launch the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 Global Acceleration Framework

Excellencies, colleagues, ladies and gentlemen,

Good morning, good afternoon, good evening.

I am pleased to join the launch of the Global Acceleration Framework for Sustainable Development Goal 6 on water and sanitation.

Congratulations to all the speakers.

I am impressed by the commitment, support, coherence and unity shown by the whole United Nations system, together with Member States, youth, civil society and the private sector.

Today, this commitment is needed more than ever.

09 July 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks to International Energy Agency Clean Energy Transition Summit

I thank Dr. Fatih Birol and the International Energy Agency for convening this summit.
It is vital that we bring sharper focus on the need to transition away from fossil fuels and toward a clean energy future -- a future that protects people and planet and promotes prosperity.
Today, nations are taking far-reaching decisions as they channel trillions of dollars of taxpayers’ money into recovery strategies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As we design and implement these recovery plans, we have a choice.

01 July 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks at Roundtable on Sustainable Development

Dear Friends,

Good morning, good afternoon, good evening. 

You are all over the world, which is very good.

It is a great pleasure to welcome you to this first roundtable on rebirthing the global economy to deliver sustainable development. I believe only a women-led movement could be as far – as you say – that we need to rebirth the global economy and I am very happy with your determination on this.

The COVID-19 pandemic, and the global recession it has triggered, are of course causing immense human suffering around the world. 

30 June 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks at Virtual High-level Meeting: Trends, Options and Strategies in Poverty Eradication

Let me begin by thanking the President of the General Assembly for organizing this High-level Meeting. 

This event could not come at a more pressing moment. 

Now it is the time to focus on the imperative to eradicate poverty in all its forms everywhere. The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the immense fragilities and challenges we face —from pervasive structural inequalities to inadequate health infrastructure to the lack of universal social protection.  

Societies, economies — and, most of all, people — are paying a heavy price. 

11 June 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks to the Virtual High-level Meeting of Rapid Technological Change on the Achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals

Managing rapid technological change is a defining challenge of our generation.  
The digital revolution affects every country and territory, and all areas of our lives.
The Internet is a powerful and essential global public good that requires the highest possible level of international cooperation. 
Yet fundamental pillars of that cooperation are lacking.
As we address this gap, we face a new global challenge: the COVID-19 pandemic, which is causing unprecedented human suffering and economic hardship around the world.

11 June 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks to the Virtual High-Level Event on the State of the Digital World and Implementation of the Roadmap for Digital Cooperation

Excellencies, distinguished participants, dear friends. 

The world is shifting from analog to digital technology at a faster pace than we could ever have predicted.  

This creates both vast promise – and some peril.  

The COVID pandemic has magnified the many benefits and harms of the digital world.   

Technology is enabling the lifesaving work of healthcare providers, allowing businesses to operate remotely, educating our children and connecting us with friends and family. But we also have seen technology gravely misused.  

10 June 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks to extraordinary meeting of the Global Investors for Sustainable Development Alliance (GISD)

Thank you for joining this virtual meeting.
I appreciate your engagement with the United Nations during these extraordinary times as the world faces the COVID-19 pandemic. You are some of the business community’s most important voices, and the world needs your leadership for an effective response and a sustainable and inclusive recovery.
I also thank the partner agencies and organizations that form the GISD Secretariat for their support.

08 June 2020, UN Headquarters

Remarks on World Oceans Day

Welcome to this virtual World Oceans Day Global Celebration, on the theme of “Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean”. 

We rely on the seas and oceans for food, livelihoods, transport and trade. 

And, as the lungs of our planet and its largest carbon sink, the oceans play a vital role in regulating the global climate.

Today, sea levels are rising due to climate change, threatening lives and livelihoods in low-lying nations and coastal cities and communities around the world.