United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said Tuesday that the health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has “never been more difficult, urgent and necessary” to combat poverty and achieve sustainable development goals ( ODS) marked by the organization.
“Our goal remains clear: to help countries steer and accelerate progress towards sustainable development goals while fully respecting the principle of national ownership,” said Guterres at the opening of the first virtual Council meeting . United Nations Economy and Social Affairs (ECOSOC).
Guterres said that although the recent and “renewed spirit of cooperation” “got society on the right track,” the “coronavirus crisis” raised the bar even further.
“We now have a triple imperative,” said Guterres, “to stop the transmission and impact of the pandemic,” and “to help people secure development gains and protect lives, and to work with partners to ensure this.” Restoration efforts are following the 2030 Agenda and moving towards the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. “