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António Guterres (UN Secretary-General) on the ECOSOC Integration Segment 2020
6 Jul 2020 -  Opening remarks by António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations on the ECOSOC Integration Segment 2020.
"(...)These unprecedented times call for deep reflection and strong action.
In the face of fragility, leaders of all kinds need to be humble, and to recognize the vital importance of unity and solidarity, both within and beyond the United Nations family.
The new structures and capacities we established as part of the reform of the United Nations Development System are strengthening our coordination and our ability to act quickly and with greater unity and impact.
ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies have also responded quickly. This segment, with its focus on integrating all the dimensions of sustainable development, can play a key role in ensuring that the response to COVID-19 stays true to the promise of the 2030 Agenda.
As Chair of the United Nations Chief Executives Board, I am determined that the UN system will be at the centre of a coherent, people-centred recovery that is shaped by human rights. We must work together more closely than ever before, in a networked, inclusive and effective multilateralism that links the whole UN system with regional organizations, international financial institutions, civil society, businesses, cities, regions and others.
We are facing enormously complex and interdependent challenges.
I repeat my call for everyone – Governments, civil society, the private sector, and development partners — to accelerate coordinated global action to ensure that we recover better from this crisis, and deliver together on the promise of the 2030 Agenda (...)" - António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations [Excerpt]