Concluding Financing for Development Forum, Ministers Reaffirm Commitment to Strengthen Multilateral Cooperation, Solidarity in Combating Ill Effects of COVID-19

15 Apr

Ministers and other high-level officials concluded the 2021 Forum on Financing for Development Follow-up today, reaffirming their commitment to strengthen multilateral cooperation and solidarity to combat COVID-19’s frustration of global implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, tenuous even before the unprecedented crisis exacerbated existing ones.

Short-Term Financing, Creation of Repo Market Crucial to Assist Poor Countries Facing Escalating Debt, Economic Contraction, Speakers Tell Financing for Development Forum

14 Apr

Poor countries are facing severe setbacks on their development paths, encumbered by ballooning debts, high risks of default and limited ability to inject desperately needed liquidity into their markets, economic experts told the Forum on Financing for Development today, as they offered ideas for ensuring a more equitable global recovery from the pandemic during three interactive panels.

Disruption of Health Services Has Compounded COVID Challenges, Reversed Hard-Won Gains, Deputy Secretary-General Tells Joint Event

13 Apr

Following is the text of UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s video message to the Japan Institute of International Affairs/UNIC Tokyo/Ministry of Foreign Affairs Event — “The Significance of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Today’s World from the SDGs Viewpoint and the Role of the United Nations” — today:

Economic and Social Council: Forum on Financing for Development

12 Apr

Note: Owing to the liquidity crisis and the current COVID-19 pandemic impacting our Organization, only a partial summary of statements made in today’s meetings of the Economic and Social Council is available at this time. The complete summary will be issued later as Press Release ECOSOC/7035.

Reforming Global Debt Architecture ‘Critical’, Secretary-General Says, Welcoming Steps by International Financial Institutions to Help Vulnerable Countries amid COVID-19

9 Apr

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres on the steps announced by the International Monetary and Finance Committee and the World Bank Group Development Committee:

As Schools Work to Re-Open Safely, New Tools Can Narrow Digital Inequalities, Transform Education, Deputy Secretary-General Says

6 Apr

Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s opening remarks at the consultation of Ministers of Education on the E9 Digital Learning Initiative on the theme “Scaling Up Digital Learning to Accelerate Progress towards SDG 4”, today:

Secretary-General, in Closing Remarks to High-Level Event on Debt, Liquidity, Calls for Solutions That ‘Work in Real Life’

29 Mar

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ closing remarks to the High-level Event on Debt and Liquidity, as delivered in New York and online by Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed today:

Press Conference by Secretary-General António Guterres at United Nations Headquarters

29 Mar

Following is a transcript of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ press conference with Prime Ministers Justin Trudeau of Canada and Andrew Holness of Jamaica on the high-level event on debt and liquidity, in New York today: