Cooperation among States Key to Mitigating Effects, Building Back Better from COVID-19, Speakers Say, as Second Committee Meets with Regional Commissions

19 Oct

As the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to batter the economies of developing countries, the five regional commissions of the United Nations system are crucial to fostering the multilateralism required to recover and pursue the Sustainable Development Goals, those speakers told the Second Committee (Economic and Financial) as it met with those bodies today.

Health Infrastructure in Occupied Palestinian Territories, Syrian Golan on ‘Verge of Collapse’, Speaker Tells Second Committee

19 Oct

The ongoing occupation of Palestinian territories and the Syrian Golan violates international law and human rights, a situation worsening as the COVID‑19 pandemic puts health infrastructure “on the verge of collapse”, the Second Committee (Economic and Financial) heard today as it took up a report on the issue.

COVID-19 Threatens to Undo Decades of Progress in Eradicating Poverty, Official Says, as Second Committee Takes Up Agriculture Development, Food Security

16 Oct

With the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change exacerbating world hunger, speakers emphasized the need to boost agriculture, empower farmers, preserve biodiversity and protect ecosystems, as the Second Committee (Economic and Financial) took up agriculture development, food security and nutrition today.

New Urban Agenda an ‘Accelerator for Sustainable Development’, Says Executive Director, as Second Committee Takes Up Human Settlements Programme

15 Oct

While dubbing the New Urban Agenda an engine for economic growth, poverty reduction and environmental protection, especially during the COVID‑19 pandemic, delegates also lamented insufficient funding to keep its wheels turning, as the Second Committee (Economic and Financial) took up the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN‑Habitat) today.

Poverty Eradication Efforts, Tourism Sector Hard Hit by Devastating Consequences of COVID-19, Delegates Underline in Second Committee

13 Oct

Already impacted from economic slowdowns in recent years, efforts by States to eradicate poverty have been hindered by the devastating consequences of COVID‑19, delegates of the Second Committee (Economic and Financial) stressed today as they discussed tourism and eradication of poverty.

Climate Change, COVID‑19 Pandemic Severely Affecting Implementation of 2030 Agenda, Speakers Underscore, as Second Committee Takes Up Sustainable Development Reports

12 Oct

The ravaging effects of climate change, exacerbated by lingering repercussions of the COVID‑19 pandemic, threaten achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals according to reports of the Secretary‑General presented by a number of speakers to the Second Committee (Economic and Financial) today.

In Face of Pandemic, 100 Million People Worldwide on Brink of Extreme Poverty, Assembly President Says, as Second Committee Concludes General Debate

9 Oct

With COVID-19 continuing to wreak havoc on national economies, delegates urged the international community to focus on sustainable development in recovering from the pandemic´s devastating effects, as the Second Committee (Economic and Financial) concluded its general debate today.

Multidimensional Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic More Dire in Developing World, Speaker Says, as Second Committee Continues Its General Debate

8 Oct

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to expose glaring weaknesses in the economies of vulnerable States, battering their recovery and requiring assistance from the international community, speakers told the Second Committee (Economic and Financial) as it continued its general debate today.