Secretary General António Guterres expressed concern about the drop in Foreign Development Aid (ODA) after the meeting of the United Nations Executive Board, which brought together the heads of 30 organizations, to discuss how to reduce Crises impeding economic recovery from COVID-19 pandemic and strengthen the implementation of the SDGs.
He noted that the current “moment in history” has posed “stacking challenges” including a climate emergency, an uneven economic recovery and a three-way food crisis. , energy and debt, all of which were exacerbated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Mr. Guterres said that a key component of the UN’s ability to “rescue” the SDGs and provide life-saving humanitarian assistance is “anticipated and additional funding”, underpinned by the commitment of countries to provide 0.7% of Gross National Income, for aid abroad – a goal adopted in the United Nations General Assembly resolution, for advanced economies, in 1970.
He acknowledged that some countries have met, “and in some cases” exceeded the threshold.
“However, there have been signs recently that other Member States are making deep cuts in ODA, in a reverse their commitment“, I said.
“This will have a direct negative impact on the achievements of Sustainable development goals. This is alarming and I urge Member States to reconsider, given the dire consequences for the vulnerable among us in these turbulent times”.
He reiterated the UN’s commitment to strengthen coordination to support “consistent” national strategies to achieve the ambitious goals of the SDGs, agreed by 193 countries in 2015 – a A global call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and make peace and prosperity accessible to all.
“We can deliver results and make sure they meet the needs and rights of the people we want to support“, said the head of the United Nations.
“At a time when global conflict is at its highest since the founding of the United Nations, evidence shows that investing in development is the best way to avert crises and maintain international peace, remains the central mission of the United Nations. Prevention remains at the heart of my agenda.”