‘We need to do more’ to transform the world, deputy UN chief tells African audiences

UN News/Desmond Ingham-Brown Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed at the World Aids Day Reception in Johannesburg, South Africa. 1 December 2018.

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations.

During her current trip to South Africa, Deputy-Secretary-General Amina Mohammed has spoken at several events in Johannesburg, on the importance of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development – the UN’s blueprint to end extreme poverty, fight injustice, and protect the planet, ensuring that no one is left behind.

Gender-equality

Ms. Mohammed’s packed Sunday schedule began with a morning session, the Motsepe Foundation Breakfast, on the subject of Sustainable Development Goal 5, which aims to “achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.”

The talk, she pointed out, took place during UN Women’s 16 days of activism to end violence against women and girls.

Explaining why a stand-alone Goal for gender equality is necessary, she said that “the issue of inequality is deeply rooted and engrained in all societies, and it prevents us from truly prospering, developing and creating a more peaceful world.”

In addition, The Deputy-Secretary-General said that femicide is a pandemic, with 6 women killed by an intimate partner of family member every hour. She also highlighted that only 5 per cent of countries have a female head of state, and that women always suffer disproportionately in times of conflict: “Not just sexual violence, but all forms of violence against women escalate, and pre-existing gender inequalities are exacerbated,” she said.

AIDS

Sunday was also World AIDS Day, and Ms. Mohammed gave a keynote speech at a High-level event on Adolescent Girls and Young Women, with the Global Fund to end AIDS, TB and malaria, and the Government of South Africa: the Day was, she said, an opportunity to “reflect on the great progress that has been made, both here in South Africa and around the world but also to intensify our efforts towards ending this for good.”

Commending South Africa for taking decisive steps to end the epidemic, she said that the elimination of AIDS is one of the specific targets of Sustainable Development Goal 3, which aims to “ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.”

Call to action

At two other events, Ms. Mohammed said that more needs to be done if the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are to become a reality: at the Global Citizens Festival, she said that the 17 Goals are the roadmap to end poverty and take climate action, but “it is not enough, we need to more,” and, at the SDG Advocates Reception, she called for more concrete actions, especially in funding, to “move the needle” in areas such as health, education, climate, and gender equality; for governments to be pressed to accelerate action; and for a people’s movement to be mobilized now, to work towards achieving the 2030 Agenda.

Private sector and the SDGs

On Monday Ms. Mohammed spoke at a private sector breakfast on the SDGs, where she pointed out that the 2030 Agenda is of particular importance to Africa, given the social, economic and environmental challenges faced by the continent: “These range from climate change to poverty, from hunger to youth unemployment and illiteracy, from political instability and corruption to violence, terrorism and civil wars.”

The Deputy UN chief pointed out that, in order to realize the 2030 Agenda, current business models must change, focusing on long-term value rather than short-term thinking: many African businesses, she said, are already taking action to drive progress across the region.

Ms. Mohammed thanked those African business leaders who have already signed up to the Global Compact, the UN’s flagship body for sustainable business, and invited companies who have not yet done so, to join the initiative: Global Compact Local Networks play an essential role in mobilizing business to fight corruption, contribute to national SDG Action Plans and policies, and support initiatives that promote peace and stability.

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Featured Stings

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

Will Brexit shatter the EU or is it still too early to predict?

Teenage girl’s death sentence spotlights Sudan’s failure to tackle forced marriage, gender-based violence – UN rights office

The EU has to prove it can remain one piece

EU Parliament: ECB accountable for not supporting real economy

UNICEF appeals for end to ‘war on children’ in Syria and Yemen

EU plans to exploit the Mediterranean Sea and the wealth beneath it

We are close yet so far…

The EU patent space and Unified Court are born

‘We must fight terrorism together’ without sacrificing legal and human rights, declares UN chief

Chinese “BeiDou” GPS goes to market

Why private investment in deforestation-free commodity production needs to be scaled up

Berlin Calling: DCX Expo on track to grow, in association with The European Sting

Eurozone retail sales fall shows recession

Will Cameron succeed in keeping UK inside the EU and reverse the present economic downturn?

Banks promise easing of credit conditions in support of the real economy

EU: All economic indicators in free fall

Commissioner sings “Volar-e” but the European driver no “Cantar-e”

EU-US ties to break over Iran; Democrats’ electoral win may not change it

Uzbekistan wins its long fight against malaria, as global rates continue to rise

Is Europe ready to cooperate with the rest of the world? Can Germany change its selfish policies?

Trump goes ahead with plan to undo globalization; targets China and EU

Human rights in Brussels and in Beijing: a more balanced approach needed

UN launches Facebook Messenger-powered bot to take on climate change

Security Council renews mandates of UN force monitoring separation area between Israel and Syria; AU-UN hybrid mission in Darfur

‘Essential step’ towards universal health care made at pivotal UN conference

ILO’s Bureau for Employers´Activities to publish new study on women in business and management

UN welcomes ‘milestone’ release of 833 Nigerian children from anti-Boko Haram force

A Young entrepreneur cries out: “start in Europe, stay in Europe”

Eurozone hasn’t escaped the deflation danger

Multilateralism: The only path to address the world’s troubles, signals Guterres

Basel III rules relaxed: Banks got it all but become more prone to crisis

Switzerland to favour EU citizens in immigration quotas as the risk of a new referendum looms

One more country to test the EU project: Kaczynski’s Poland

EU Council: Private web data to be protected by…abusers

Chauvinism and xenophobia will lead to global assertiveness and more wars

Amid continued suffering in Yemen, UN envoy welcomes reports of reduced violence

2018 Golden Pen of Freedom Awarded to Maria Ressa of the Philippines

MEPs commend Ukraine‘s reform efforts and denounce Russian aggression

It’s Time to Disrupt Europe, Digital First

Youth unemployment: No light at the end of the tunnel

European financial values on the rise

Easing US-China trade tensions could save millions of jobs: Asia-Pacific UN report

Can technology save life on Earth?

Mandela, ‘true symbol of human greatness’, celebrated on centenary of his birth

Diana in Vietnam

MWC 2016 LIVE: BlackBerry acquires Encription, talks Microsoft and health

Volkswagen scandal update: “We want clarity fast, but it is equally important to have the complete picture”, Commission’s spokesperson underscores from Brussels

250+ senior claims leaders under one roof, exchanging transformation strategy

You’ve heard of 5G, but what about the quantum internet?

The strong version of the EU banking union gains momentum

France fails again the exams. Kindly requested to sit in on Commission’s class

Gas pipeline in the European Union. (Copyright: EU, 2012 / Source: EC - Audiovisual Service / Photo: Ferenc Isza)

EU Investment Bank approves € 1.5bn loan for Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP)

Australia now has 25 million people. Will it choose to keep growing?

GSMA Announces New Speakers for Mobile 360 Series – Middle East and North Africa

To my Chinese friend

eGovernmnet for more efficiency, equality and democracy

A Sting Exclusive: “Seize the opportunity offered by Africa’s continental free trade area”, written by the Director General of UNIDO

Economy on a steady rise in Latin America and Caribbean region ‘despite international turbulence’ – UN report

ECB’s unconventional monetary measures give first tangible results

It’s EU vs. Google for real: the time is now, the case is open

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s