The UK is set to make a compelling case at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York for a renewed commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as the world approaches the halfway point between their launch in 2015 and the 2030 target for their achievement. Deputy Prime Minister Oliver Dowden, accompanied by the Foreign Secretary and a UK delegation, is set to address crucial global issues and advocate for recommitment to the SDGs to foster a healthier, fairer, and more prosperous world.
Recommitting to the SDGs
- A Global Imperative: The UK delegation will stress that countries worldwide must urgently and visibly recommit to the SDGs to address pressing global challenges.
- Halfway Mark: As the world reaches the midway point in the journey to achieve the SDGs by 2030, this call for recommitment is crucial to refocus and intensify efforts.
Key Agenda Items
The UK delegation’s agenda at the UNGA is comprehensive and aims to address a range of vital global concerns:
- Ukraine Crisis: Deputy Prime Minister Dowden will attend the UN Security Council session to reaffirm the UK’s unwavering support for Ukraine and hold Russia accountable for its actions. Russia’s attempts to disrupt global food supplies and security will also be highlighted.
- Addressing AI Technology: Emphasizing the need for cooperation, Deputy Prime Minister Dowden will call for equitable benefits from revolutionary technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI) while preventing misuse. He will meet with technology companies and discuss AI regulation with other countries, leading up to the UK’s AI Safety Summit.
- Global Health and Climate Action: Discussions will revolve around global health support, climate action, and increased investment in Africa to combat climate change and promote economic growth.
Foreign Secretary’s Role
The Foreign Secretary will play a pivotal role in meetings with key allies, including the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, and Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi. The focus will be on Russia’s actions in Ukraine, climate change, and harnessing AI for sustainable development.
Global Collaboration for SDGs
The UK’s commitment to the SDGs and its call for global recommitment reflect a shared responsibility among nations to address pressing global challenges collaboratively. The international community is urged to prioritize the SDGs, ensuring a brighter and more sustainable future for all.
The United Kingdom’s presence at the UNGA underscores its dedication to promoting a safer, healthier, and more prosperous world. The call for recommitment to the SDGs, along with addressing critical global issues, highlights the importance of international cooperation and solidarity in achieving common goals and aspirations.