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Amina J. Mohamed (Deputy Secretary-General) on the 2020 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2020), 17th meeting
16 Jul 2020 -  Closing remarks by Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, on the 2020 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2020), 17th meeting.
"We have come to the end of eight days of deliberation on delivering the Sustainable Development Goals during this Decade of Action in the new context of COVID-19.
The message from this central platform for reviewing SDG progress is loud and clear:
We were not on track to deliver the Goals before COVID-19 hit, and given the impacts of the crisis, the road ahead is now even steeper.
But, as the Secretary-General said in his remarks on Tuesday, we can turn this around, if we stay true to the 2030 Agenda.
That means showing solidarity and foresight on financing.
It means increasing investment in public services, including social protection, health systems, education, water, sanitation, and digital connectivity.
And it means pursuing a recovery that builds an inclusive, green and gender-responsive economy.
Staying true to the 2030 Agenda means reimagining and reshaping the way we work, learn, live and consume.
It means listening to the world’s young people, who are demanding justice, equality and sustainability.
And it means investing in an inclusive and networked multilateralism, with the United Nations at the centre.
If we do all of this -- consciously, concertedly, cooperatively -- we can build a better world -- our shared destination (...)" - Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations [Excerpt].