Economic and Social Council adopts Ministerial Declaration of global solidarity to stop COVID-19 pandemic, forge green recovery, concluding high-level segment.
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The Economic and Social Council concluded its high-level segment today, endorsing a sweeping Ministerial Declaration adopted a day earlier by the high‑level political forum on sustainable development — an outcome document reflecting Member States’ commitments to overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic and building back better through green, inclusive recovery plans. (See Press Release ECOSOC/7060.)
In adopting the 50-paragraph Declaration (document E/2021/L.26), the Economic and Social Council recognized that the crisis caused by the pandemic has laid bare and exacerbated the world’s vulnerabilities and inequalities within and among countries, accentuated systemic weaknesses, challenges and risks, and threatens to halt or damage progress made in realizing the Sustainable Development Goals. By its terms, the 54-member organ committed to a range of ways States and the international community can help to advance pandemic recovery, while, at the same time, boost progress towards realizing the Goals.
In closing remarks, Liu Zhenmin, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations, said that this year’s high-level segment looked back at 75 years of the Economic and Social Council’s work and looked far ahead at future trends and scenarios. “From both perspectives, it is clear that the 2030 Agenda has kept all its power as a ground-breaking and inclusive promise to eradicate poverty and achieve a better future for all on a healthy planet,” he said.
Munir Akram (Pakistan), President of Economic and Social Council, urged greater investment in sustainable infrastructure — $1 trillion per year — for the transition to a dynamic “green” global economy. Sustainable development investment strategies need to focus on employment‑creation in sectors like housing, construction, renewable energy, transport, sustainable agriculture and manufacturing. The triple crisis of the pandemic, economic recession and climate and environment challenges requires a paradigm shift in the approach to global development, climate change and economic cooperation. He stressed that it is time to convene another summit to agree on the structure and content of new, more dynamic and equitable structure of international economic cooperation.
The high-level segment also held two thematic discussions today — one on strengthening the Economic and Social Council at its seventy-fifth anniversary to support sustainable and resilient recovery from COVID-19 and advance the 2030 Agenda, and the other on scenarios and possible medium‑ and long-term trends related to the recovery from the pandemic and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
The Economic and Social Council will reconvene at 10 a.m., Wednesday, 21 July, to hold the last Management Segment of its 2021 session.