More than two years into #COVID19 & the @UN comes together today at the inaugural @UNECOSOC Coordination Segment to mobilize action for a resilient recovery guided by the #SDGs. #GlobalGoals
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— UN ECOSOC President (@UNECOSOC) February 3, 2022
Charting a forward path
Although it has taken a great toll on people across the world, particularly those most vulnerable and marginalized, Ms. Mohammed echoed the Secretary-General in saying: “We are neither hopeless nor helpless”.
People can resolve these challenges by using the Our Common Agenda blueprint, to chart the path forward and reach the SDGs.
“It provides an opportunity to set the tone for the sessions of ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies and shape the UN system’s policy and normative work in the run up to the High-Level Political Forum, in July”, said the deputy chief.
Inclusive recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic requires scale and ambition along with the careful calibration of policies and partnerships.
Moreover, institutions must be strengthened and global financial systems rejigged to ensure that all countries have the fiscal space needed to invest in their people.
And a more effective financing architecture would bolster debt relief, re-direct Special Drawing Rights (a type of extra foreign exchange asset) and boost the resources of multilateral development banks, according to senior UN official.
Opening a new chapterfor
While expressing confidence in ECOSOC’s commissions, forums and subsidiary bodies, she conceded that it would “take an effort from all” to accelerate the SDGs.
Ms. Mohammed maintained that it would be “crucial” to identify areas where the Council’s commissions can “constructively ignite and support” an equitable recovery guided by the 2030 Development Agenda.
By bringing together specialized agency heads in this meeting, she stated that it can “mark a new chapter in ECOSOC’s journey”, giving more impetus to ensuring “an integrated and impactful UN response” to benefit countries and regions.
‘One and only’ ECOSOC
ECOSOC President Collen Vixen Kelapile said that while the task of building back better from COVID-19 is “daunting”, it must be embraced by Member States to accelerate SDG progress.
And as it provides policy guidance, strengthens multilateral cooperation and mobilizes international solidarity – ECOSOC is an important component in achieving the 2030 Agenda, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda for SDG financing, and the Paris Agreement.
ECOSOC is “the one and only platform” that overviews the work of the entire UN system on sustainable development, reminded Mr. Kelapile.
“It is the place where UN system entities, chairs of functional commissions and expert bodies…meet with Member States to discuss the major policy issues…[and] instil direction, create synergies, and increase cooperation and coordination within the UN system at large”.