NEW YORK, -- The United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, has reiterated that Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, are essential for a safe and secure future that brings prosperity, opportunity and human rights for all.

At the opening of the 2017 UN Economic and Social Council, ECOSOC, segment on Operational Activities for Development, she said, "Around the world, success in achieving the SDGs will ease global anxieties, provide a better life for women and men and build a firm foundation for stability and peace in all societies, everywhere."

"Success will require a bolder approach to financing and partnerships. Nothing will be achieved without engaging all actors," she added, urging all countries to rethink systems, approaches, redefine traditional planning, delivery and monitoring.

She also said that the UN too needed to be "fit for purpose" to help its Member States implement 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

"We must innovate, and revamp our approach to partnership and financing, with a focus on the long haul. We must empower youth to participate in and shape the political and economic lives of their countries and communities, to be the agents of peace and development," she noted.

Further on in her remarks, the Deputy UN chief also highlighted that despite much progress, Africa continued to remain vulnerable, and therefore needs to be a UN priority.

Noting that efforts should be stepped to support the least developed, landlocked and small island developing states to reduce vulnerability and build resilience, she added that "It is critical that across the world, we focus on those furthest behind first. Because in all regions, the rising tide of optimism and empowerment, has not yet reached everyone."

She also underlined the need to address growing inequalities around the globe as well as combat gender discrimination which continues to limit the opportunities and potential of women and girls in all countries.

The UN Deputy Secretary-General also spoke of the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review process that established a sequenced approach to the review of the UN development system as well as on the empowerment of Resident Coordinators and implementation of standard operating procedures for UN Country Teams.

Noting that the world has a unique, once-in-a-generation opportunity to deliver a better future for all humanity, she stressed, "The task ahead is challenging, but nothing is impossible when we work together."

[Caption: Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed addresses the Operation Activities for Development Segment of ECOSOC. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe]

Source: Emirates News Agency