UN Resident Coordinators: the links to attain development objectives

Delegates from all across the globe convened for the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (2019). Delegates from all across the globe convened for the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (2019). © Matthew TenBruggencate via Unsplash

28 October

As countries deal with escalating problems, UN on site employees have stepped up their assistance in addressing risks to sustainable development for all.

UN Resident Coordinators are critical in achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They are the Secretary-General's designated representatives in the field and coordinate UN operational activities for development. Ambassadors and UN leaders recently reaffirmed their support to them, who serve more than 160 countries and territories. UN Resident Coordinators have met for the first time since the Ebola pandemic to review progress and challenges. Secretary-General António Guterres called on them to keep their ambitions high. He warned of another difficult year ahead, greater necessity to support due to conflicts, climate change and recovery.

The key priorities highlighted by UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed include mitigating the impact of the global cost-of-living crisis, advancing climate action and accelerating just economic transitions that both empower people and protect the planet. The UN deputy chief also has outlined the priorities to achieve SDGs, which are aimed at eradicating hunger, poverty and inequality by 2030. She stressed that 2023 must be the year countries accelerate the transitions that will reshape power economies to effectively work on and for SDGs, raising ambition and urgency.

Residence Coordinators for Small Island Developing States, Africa, South Asia and the Middle East have met in New York to discuss the UN development system reform. Several Member State representatives said the reform is "unqualifiedly a success", making a difference at a critical time for the international community.

The UN system in Brazil is an important example of how agencies work together. Silvia Rucks, Uruguay Un Resident Coordinator, was impressed with how well the UN agencies worked together to mobilize resources and support the most vulnerable; it is now time to further on such gains and make them long-lasting.

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by Viola Rubeca


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