Efforts on climate change, 2030 agenda implementation left behind – UN

Omolayo Alabi

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appealed to leaders of the Group of 20 (G20) on Friday to make more efforts in coping with climate change and issues related to the implementation of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development.

Guterres addressed reporters ahead of the G20 Osaka Summit that he will essentially mention the topics of climate change and the implementation of the 2030 agenda on the occasion as “in both, we are lagging behind.”

The UN Chief said that climate change is running fast and natural disasters are becoming more frequent, more intense and more dramatic with worsening humanitarian consequences across the globe.

“And so all the analyses that can be made show the situation, in practical terms, is worse than what we could have forecasted and the political will has been failing. This is a paradox that needs to be addressed,” he added.

He also urged the international community to accelerate the mobilization of all kinds of resources to implement the 2030 agenda for sustainable development.

He then emphasized the role of private sector in achieving the agenda.

“Without the private sector, it would be impossible to achieve these goals,” he said.

In 2015, countries adopted the 2030 agenda for sustainable development and its 17 sustainable development goals, calling for the countries to mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind.

Guterres also hoped that the G20 leaders could use the multilateral platform to address other UN concerns like uncertainties in global economy, instability in the Gulf region as well as trade and technology frictions.