Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks, as prepared for delivery, at the World Circular Economy Forum + Climate event today:
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.
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.
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:
With many countries continuing to struggle to overcome the human and economic devastation from COVID-19, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres convened a meeting of world leaders on Monday, 29 March to urge the international community to take additional and urgent action to ensure a robust recovery.
Following is the text of UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s video message for the “Women Rise for All” event, hosted by the United Nations Global Compact, today: