New York-SANA

With the participation of Syria, the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development was held today at United Nations Headquarters in New York, in the presence of a large number of heads of State and Government and delegations of States Members of the United Nations that are in New York to participate in the work of the 78th session of the General Assembly.

During the opening ceremony, UN Secretary-General António Guterres stressed that climate change has destroyed entire societies, and that the 2030 Agenda achieves the aspirations of the countries of the world, pointing to the need to respect the commitments contained in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, considering that achieving only 15 percent of the development goals needs to be saved at the global level and that international financial bodies have become obsolete and have become unfair and there is an urgent need for reform.

Guterres said six measures must be taken to achieve the 2030 Agenda: tackling hunger, strengthening the role of renewable energy, bridging the digital divide, improving education, securing decent work and life, and stopping the war against nature.

General Assembly President Dennis Francis stressed that the forum provides a unique platform to recommit to the 2030 Agenda, stressing that world leaders cannot retreat from their determination and determination to do their utmost to save the SDGs despite the setbacks they have faced.

By making a tangible difference in the lives of many, we can demonstrate that the UN not only listens to the demands of those in difficult situations, but more importantly, that these needs will not go unmet.

Ambassador Bassam Sabbagh, head of the delegation of the Syrian Arab Republic, met today on the sidelines of the forum with Nicaraguan Foreign Minister Denis Moncada at United Nations Headquarters.

The two sides discussed ways to develop bilateral relations between the two friendly countries and the importance of strengthening them in various fields, in addition to issues of common interest, cooperation and coordination on topics on the United Nations agenda.

The two sides stressed the need to expose the negative effects of unilateral coercive measures imposed by Western countries, led by the United States of America, on some member states, including Syria and Nicaragua.