There must be clear calls to action in advancing the Sustainable Development Goals, resolving global tax unfairness and bridging a dangerously widening digital divide, speakers stressed, as the Economic and Social Council concluded its 2023 management segment today.
Opening the meeting, Paula Narváez Ojeda (Chile), Vice-President of the Economic and Social Council, shared highlights from its coordination segment in February, with the Sustainable Development Goals representing a “judgment day” amid immense remaining challenges.
She also spotlighted key questions on whether the international community has built an inclusive, just and responsive institutional framework essential to enable effective development policy and asked if emerging challenges and opportunities, such as climate change and digital transformation, have been integrated into policy design and concrete action.
The Council then held an interactive dialogue on the theme on developing action-oriented recommendations for the high-level political forum on sustainable development.
As the floor opened for discussion, delegates and United Nations officials emphasized the need for greater cooperation on all interlinked and relevant issues at all levels.