As a start, the Assembly President shared his intention to reconvene the Board of Advisers for LDCs, landlocked developing countries (LLDCs), and small island developing States (SIDS) for substantive inputs on the needs and priorities of those countries in the context of General Assembly processes and events.
‘No time to waste’
While noting that those external shocks have “upended people’s lives, reversed decades of development gains, and destabilized governments around the world,” he also pointed to “the good news” that we have the tools at hand to encourage transformation. For his part, Mr. Kőrösi pledged that the LDC agenda would remain a priority of his Presidency.
“Sustainable development cannot wait,” he reminded.
“There is no time to waste,” he added.
All must contribute
Secretary-General António Guterres acknowledged via video message that the meeting takes place “at a moment of global peril” for which LDCs are “bearing the brunt”.
“In all these efforts, integrated risk assessment, knowledge and management are essential,” he said, pledging his “utmost to support” in ensuring that those events are well prepared and lead to tangible outcomes.
“It charts a path for LDCs to build resilience and realize the Sustainable Development Goals,” he continued, but “to get there – we must work together to ensure the Doha Programme of Action is implemented”.
From conflicts to climate catastrophes, and unchecked poverty to widening inequalities and a global financial system stacked against LDCs, “the Doha Programme of Action reminds us that global recovery depends on these countries getting the support they need,” he said.
Stepping up, spreading out
“Even before the pandemic, many least developed countries were off-track in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and had limited capacity to tackle complex challenges such as climate change or food insecurity,” Csaba Kőrösi said.
He also flagged upcoming consultations to prepare for the SDG Summit in September 2023 and the Summit of the Future in 2024.
“However, this year’s Ministerial Meeting assumes unique significance as it takes place amid a whole range of interlinked crises rippling through our world”.
As the most vulnerable countries struggle to tackle global problems not of their making, the senior official said that “now is the time for solidarity and support”.
‘Moment of global peril’
The Doha Programme of Action – adopted in March during the first part of the “pivotal” Fifth UN Conference on LDCs – provides an important blueprint for them to overcome the impacts of the global crises, Mr. Kőrösi said.
Additionally, it will focus on the Sendai Framework to “create a planet more resilient to disasters”.
“The 77th session will be key to shape the future we want”.
The UN chief advocated for “bold investments” in health, education, and social protection systems; financial architecture reform; job-creation, particularly in digital, care and green economies; gender equality for girls and women; and support to end fossil fuel reliance and jump-start a renewable energy transition.