Second Revised Draft of the Political Declaration for the HLPF Heads of State session in September

 


29 June 2023

 

Second Revised Zero Draft of the

Political Declaration to be adopted at the

High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF),

under the auspices of the General Assembly in September 2023

I.               Our shared commitment

1.       We, the Heads of State and Government and high representatives, have met at United Nations Headquarters in New York on 18 and 19 September 2023, at the Sustainable Development Goals Summit,[1] to review progress and accelerate the implementation of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

2.       We reaffirm our commitment to effectively implement the 2030 Agenda and its SDGs and uphold all principles enshrined in it. The 2030 Agenda remains our overarching roadmap for achieving sustainable development and overcoming the multiple crises we face. We will act with urgency to realize its vision as a plan of action for people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnership, leaving no one behind. We will endeavour to reach the furthest behind first. 

3.       We emphasize that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development.

4.      We reaffirm that the 2030 Agenda is universal in nature and that its Goals and targets are comprehensive, far-reaching, people-centered, indivisible and interlinked, balancing the three dimensions of sustainable development – economic, social and environmental, in an integrated manner. 

5.      We reaffirm that the 2030 Agenda is guided by the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, including full respect for international law. It is grounded in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, international human rights treaties, the Millennium Declaration and the 2005 World Summit Outcome. It is informed by other instruments such as the Declaration on the Right to Development.

6.      We also reaffirm the Addis Ababa Action Agenda as an integral part of the 2030 Agenda. We are committed to its full implementation which is critical for the realization of the SDGs and their targets and to this end welcome the organization of the 2023 High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development back-to-back with the SDG Summit.

7.       The achievement of the SDGs is in peril. At the midpoint of the 2030 Agenda, we are alarmed that the progress on most of the SDGs is either moving much too slowly or has regressed below the 2015 baseline.  Our world is currently facing numerous crises. Years of sustainable development gains are being reversed. Millions of people have fallen into poverty, hunger and malnutrition are becoming more prevalent, and the impacts of climate change more pronounced. This has led to increased inequality exacerbated by weakened international solidarity and a shortfall of trust to jointly overcome these crises.

8.       We commit to bold, ambitious, accelerated, just and transformative actions, anchored in international solidarity and effective cooperation at all levels. We will promote a systemic shift towards a more inclusive, just, peaceful, resilient and sustainable world for people and planet, for present and future generations.

9.       We will devote ourselves collectively to the pursuit of sustainable development including through international cooperation and partnership on the basis of mutual trust and the full benefit of all, in a spirit of global solidarity, for the common future of present and coming generations.

10.   We reaffirm all the principles of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, including, inter alia, the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities, as set out in principle 7 thereof.

11.   We are concerned about the persistent disproportionate and multidimensional impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. We must strengthen multilateral and international cooperation for developing countries, particularly the poorest and most vulnerable countries to help them recover from the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and strengthen resilience including through pandemic preparedness, prevention and response.

12.   We recognize the special challenges facing all developing countries in pursuing sustainable development, in particular African countries, least developed countries, landlocked developing countries, small island developing States, as well as the specific challenges facing middle-income countries and countries in conflict and post-conflict situations.

13.  We remain resolved, between now and 2030, to end poverty and hunger everywhere; to combat inequalities within and among countries; to build peaceful, just and inclusive societies; to respect, protect and fulfil human rights and achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls and to ensure the lasting protection of the planet and its natural resources. We also remain resolved to create conditions for sustainable, inclusive and sustained economic growth, shared prosperity and decent work for all, taking into account different levels of national development and capacities. We commit to ensuring that persons with disabilities actively participate in and equally benefit from sustainable development efforts.

14.   We reaffirm that gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls will make a crucial contribution to progress across all the Goals and targets. The achievement of full human potential and sustainable development is not possible if one half of humanity continues to be denied full human rights and opportunities. We will ensure full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all women and girls, without discrimination. We also resolve to eliminate all forms of against women and girls.

15.   We commit to stepping up our efforts to fight against racism, all forms of discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, stigmatization, hate speech, through cooperation, partnership and inclusion and respect for diversity.

16.   We reaffirm our resolve to realize our vision of a world with access to inclusive and equitable quality education, equal access and participation in cultural life, universal health coverage, quality health care, social protection, food security and improved nutrition, safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene, affordable, reliable and sustainable and modern energy and sustainable industrialization quality, resilient, reliable and sustainable infrastructure for all.

17.   We commit to achieving a world in which humanity lives in harmony with nature, to conserving and sustainably using our planet’s marine and terrestrial resources, including through sustainable lifestyles, and sustainable consumption and production, to reversing the trends of environmental degradation, to promoting resilience, to reducing disaster risk, and to halting ecosystem degradation and biodiversity loss. We will conserve and sustainably use oceans and seas, freshwater resources, as well as forests, mountains and drylands and to protect biodiversity, ecosystems and wildlife.

18.   Sustainable development cannot be realized without peace and security; and peace and security will be at risk without sustainable development. We reaffirm the need to build peaceful, just and inclusive societies that provide equal access to justice and that are based on respect for human rights, (including the right to development), on effective rule of law and good governance at all levels and on transparent, effective and accountable institutions. Factors which give rise to violence, insecurity and injustice, such as inequality, corruption, poor governance and illicit financial and arms flows, are addressed in the Agenda.

19.   The 2030 Agenda remains our commitment to the children, and youth of today so that they may achieve their full human potential, as critical agents of change and torchbearers of the 2030 Agenda for current and future generations.

20.   We acknowledge the essential role of national, regional and local parliaments in ensuring accountability for the effective implementation of our goals and commitments under the 2030 Agenda.

21.   We commit to enhancing global, regional, national and local partnerships for sustainable development, engaging all stakeholders, recognizing the important contribution they can make to the 2030 Agenda and the localization of the SDGs. We also reaffirm the importance of the regional dimension of sustainable development in addressing regional challenges and scaling up action among countries.

II.             Our changed world - Progress and remaining gaps and challenges

22.   Our world has changed drastically since the first SDG Summit in 2019 and since we adopted the 2030 Agenda in 2015. The world was already off track in achieving the majority of the SDGs before the COVID-19 pandemic. Without immediate course correction and acceleration of progress toward achieving the SDGs, our world is destined to face continued poverty, prolonged periods of crisis and growing uncertainty

23.   We are concerned about the persistent and long-term impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, continued poverty and widening inequalities, and the multiple interlinked crises that are pushing our world to the brink, particularly in developing countries and for the poorest and most vulnerable, and impacting human security. The crisis of climate change and its impacts, including persistent drought and extreme weather events, land loss and degradation, sea level rise, coastal erosion, ocean acidification and the retreat of mountain glaciers, as well as biodiversity loss, desertification, sand and dust storms, and pollution, including plastic, air, and chemical pollution, threaten planet and people. Forced displacement, the cost-of-living, water, food security and nutrition, financial and energy crises and challenges are derailing progress on the Sustainable Development Goals.

24.   In many parts of the world armed conflicts and instability have persisted or intensified, and disasters have become more frequent and intense, causing untold human suffering and undermining the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals. Our efforts to prevent and resolve conflicts and foster peaceful, just and inclusive societies has often been fragmented and insufficient and have been hindered in the current global context. 

25.   We acknowledge that the cascading global crises have highlighted and exacerbated existing gender inequality, such as unequal access to healthcare, education, social protection, decent jobs and economic opportunities.

26.   We take note with appreciation the Secretary-General’s special edition progress report on the Sustainable Development Goals, and the Global Sustainable Development Report, including its evidenced-based approach to evaluate progress to date towards the SDGs.

27.   We recognize the positive role and contribution of migrants for inclusive growth and sustainable development in countries of origin, transit and destination, including by enriching societies through human, socioeconomic and cultural capacities. We recommit to cooperate internationally to ensure safe, orderly and regular migration involving full respect for human rights and the humane treatment of migrants, regardless of their migration status, and to support countries of origin, transit and destination in the spirit of international cooperation, taking into account national circumstances.

28.   [In the face of the multiple and interlinked global [crises / challenges – Rus. Fed.], we must meet the moment and [embrace change by taking / take – Holy See] immediate measures to [innovate and – CANZ] – G77 delete] scale up efforts to achieve the 2030 Agenda and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, [ including through development cooperation, SDG investments, [domestic resource mobilization – US] [reforming /  evolving – US]  the international financial architecture, [supporting sustained, inclusive and sustainable growth – G77] enhancing macroeconomic policy cooperation [, adopting measures of sustainable development that complement or go beyond GDP – G77] and implementing actions to accelerate sustainable development, in particular – UK delete, starting with “including through..”] in support of developing countries. [We [welcome / take note of – US] the Secretary-General’s [efforts towards an / proposed – US / efforts to encourage increased - UK] SDG [stimulus / investment form the public and private sector. – UK] [ to [enhance support to developing countries to – G77] [tackle the high cost of debt and rising risks of debt distress, massively / address debt vulnerabilities, - US] scale up affordable long-term financing for development and expand contingency financing to countries in need. – UK to delete, starting with “to tackle the high cost of…”] [, and call on developed countries and financial institutions to take the necessary actions to implement the SDG Stimulus. – G77] – EU delete sentence] [We urge to speed up the operationalization of the Loss and Damage Fund to support the climate vulnerable countries. – Türkiye] [We welcome the efforts made by the Secretary-General to address the Sustainable Development Goal financing gap and call for further discussions on the proposal for a Sustainable Development Goal stimulus in a timely manner at the United Nations to tackle the high cost of debt and rising risks of debt distress, massively scale up affordable long-term financing for development and expand contingency financing to countries in need. – EU] [UK prefers FfD formulation]

29.   We look forward to the beginning of inter-governmental discussions in New York at United Nations Headquarters on ways to strengthen the inclusiveness and effectiveness of international tax cooperation.

30.   We are deeply concerned by the marked increase of the estimated SDG financing gap and recognize the urgency of providing predictable, sustainable and sufficient development finance to developing countries from all sources.

31.   We note that there has been positive progress in a limited number of areas. We recognize the efforts of countries and stakeholders at all levels since 2015 to realize the vision of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. We acknowledge that the COVID-19 pandemic produced valuable lessons in health, culture, education, science, technology, and innovation and digital transformation for sustainable development. 

32.   We are encouraged by the progress achieved in the implementation of the Vienna Programme of Action for Landlocked Developing Countries 2014-2024, and the SAMOA Pathway for SIDS 2014-2024, and call upon the international community to take the opportunity of the Third UN Conference on LLDCs and the 4th International Conference on Small Island Developing States to identify and address the key priority issues of LLDCs and SIDS respectively, as well as to forge genuine and durable partnerships, including financial support, that will accelerate the implementation of their respective sustainable development blueprints. Additionally, we welcome the Doha political declaration, and the commitments made towards the timely and full implementation of the Doha Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries for the Decade 2022-2031.

33.   We welcome the ongoing efforts of the UN development system to implement the reforms championed by the Secretary-General and endorsed by the General Assembly, to better support developing countries in their implementation of the 2030 Agenda stressing the importance of predictable and sustainable funding of the UN development system and its programmatic activities.

34.   We recognize that the Voluntary National Reviews have generated valuable lessons learned and have helped countries monitor progress and integrate the Sustainable Development Goals into national plans and policies. 

III.           Call to action – turning our world towards 2030

35.   We commit to taking continuous, fundamental, transformative and urgent actions at all levels and by all stakeholders, to overcome the crises and obstacles facing our world. We recognize the urgent need to take the actions necessary to reverse declines and accelerate progress to achieve the 2030 Agenda and implement the SDGs. We will take comprehensive and targeted measures to eradicate poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, by 2030.

36.   We commit to achieving sustainable development and shared prosperity for all by focusing our policies and actions on the poorest and most vulnerable. We will endeavour to identify those who are being left behind and reach those who are the furthest behind first. People who are vulnerable must be empowered. We intend to see the Goals and targets met for all nations and peoples and for all segments of society. We will take action to combat inequalities within and among countries and pursue policies that stem the tide of rising inequality, including through social protection systems and universal health coverage. We look forward to the proposed world social summit in 2025, subject to discussion and agreement by the General Assembly, to give momentum towards the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

37.   We are determined to make all efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by the target year of 2030 and to revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development. To this end:

a)       We commit to taking comprehensive and targeted measures to eradicate poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, everywhere, recognizing it is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development. We commit to enhancing and supporting policies and strategies for reducing poverty and inequality, including through international cooperation.  

b)      We will accelerate actions to end hunger, food insecurity and all forms of malnutrition, and the realization of the right to adequate food, including through access to sufficient, safe and nutritious foods all year round, the promotion of sustainable and resilient agrifood systems, as well as safe, healthy and diversified diets and consumption practices. We commit to keep trade channels and markets open for the movement of food, fertilizers and other agricultural inputs and outputs, while recognizing the importance of shorter supply chains at the local levels. In this context, we also commit to supporting developing countries to address extreme food price volatility.

c)       We commit to targeted and accelerated action to remove all legal, social, and economic barriers to achieving gender equality, the empowerment of all women and girls, including those with disabilities, their full, equal and effective participation in all decision-making processes, and the realization and enjoyment of their human rights. In this regard we commit to eliminating, preventing and responding to all forms of discrimination and violence against women and girls in public and private spaces both in person and in digital contexts, such as sexual and gender-based violence, and call for women’s full access to justice and effective legal remedies.

d)         We will continue increasing investment in inclusive and equitable quality education and life-long learning opportunities for all, including early childhood education, youth and adult literacy programmes and initiatives, digital education, cultural education, education for sustainable development, digital technologies for education, skills enhancement, affordable higher education and vocational training, education in emergencies and teachers’ continuing professional development. We will address barriers to girls’ education, gender and disability gaps and promote gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in and through education and safe, healthy and stimulating learning environments that enable all learners to achieve their full potential and physical, mental and emotional well-being. We also take note of the 2022 United Nations Transforming Education Summit.

e)      We will continue to take action to bridge the digital divides, and spread the benefits of digitalization. We will expand participation of all countries, in particular developing countries, in the digital economy, including by enhancing their digital infrastructure connectivity, building their capacities and access to technological innovations through stronger partnerships and improving digital literacy. We will leverage digital technology to expand the foundations on which to strengthen social protection systems. We commit to building capacities for inclusive participation in the digital economy and strong partnerships to bring technological innovations to all countries and reaffirm that the same rights that people have offline must also be protected online. We look forward to the elaboration of a Global Digital Compact to accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

 

f)        We will address water scarcity and stress and drive transformation from a global water crisis to a world where water is a sustainable resource, ensuring the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. We note the importance of the mid-term comprehensive review of the implementation of the International Decade for Action, "Water for Sustainable Development", 2018-2028 and the water-related goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda, and we commend the convening of the UN 2023 Water Conference.

g)       We will ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages, strengthening health systems and achieving universal health coverage and all other health-related targets leaving no-one behind. We will address gaps in preventing, preparing for, and responding to current and future pandemics and health emergencies, including in the development and distribution of, and unhindered, timely and equitable access to, medical countermeasures such as vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics.

h)      We will ensure universal access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all, including through enhanced international cooperation to assist developing countries and through sustained investments, advancing research and development, and promote investment in energy infrastructure and clean energy technology. We will increase substantially the share of renewable and clean energy in the global energy mix by 2030.

i)        We recommit to the full implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, and recall its Mid-term review, while acknowledging that some of the calls to action will require capacity building and technical and financial assistance in order to be effectively implemented by developing countries. We will promote a disaster risk-informed approach to sustainable development at the local, national, regional and global levels and to accelerating progress on integrating disaster risk reduction into policies, programmes and investments at all levels. We recognize the need for a broader and a more people-centred preventive approach to disaster risk reduction, and that disaster risk reduction policies and practices need to be multi-hazard and multisectoral, inclusive and accessible in order to be efficient and effective. We will promote effective local, national and regional multi-hazard early warning mechanisms.

j)        We will work with urgency through the [UNFCCC / United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) –CANZ, Japan, RoK] [and its COPs, including the upcoming COPs – Norway, RoK, US delete] [and the Paris Agreement, - RoK, US] [and implement their all agreed outcomes  –RoK], to accelerate our actions to address climate change. [We highlight the resolve to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1,5 degree, noting that the impacts of climate change will be much lower at the temperature increase of 1,5 degrees compared to 2 degrees and recognizes that limiting global warming to 1.5 °C requires rapid, deep and sustained reductions in global greenhouse gas emissions of 43 per cent by 2030 relative to the 2019 level. - Norway] We will [implement the Paris Agreement[2] / / put our best efforts to achieve Nationally Determined Contributions by 2030 to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 above pre-industrial levels, recognizing that this would significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change8 –RoK] and [the objectives of the UNFCCC[3] - Japan] [all agreed outcomes of the United Nations Convention on Climate Change[4] / and the relevant outcomes of previous COPs and CMAs –CANZ], [conscious of the synergies between the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Agreement –Rus. Fed. delete], including across mitigation and adaption efforts. We [urge [developed country parties to [urgently – Norway] fully deliver on the goal of [mobilizing jointly – Norway] 100 billion [United States dollars / USD per year -Mexico] [urgently –Norway delete] and through to 2025  [ and emphasize the importance of transparency in the implementation of their pledges / in the context of meaningful mitigation actions and transparency on implementation - Norway]  / every major economy  to significantly enhance the ambition of its NDC since the Paris Agreement; peak its GHG emissions or indicated that it will do so no later than 2025. – Japan Based on G7 Leaders` Communique] / highlight the urgency for developed countries to meet the goal of mobilizing jointly USD 100 billion per year and through to 2025 in the context of meaningful mitigation and transparency on implementation and welcome developing countries’ expectation that this goal will be met in 2023 –CANZ]. [We welcome the outcomes of COP-27 held in Sharm El-Sheikh, including the decision on funding arrangements for responding to loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change, including a focus on addressing loss and damage / We welcome the decisions taken under the Paris Agreement and the UNFCCC at COP-27 in 2022, held in Sharm El-Sheikh, including the decision to establish new funding arrangements for assisting developing countries that are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change, in responding to loss and damage –CANZ]. [We are aware of the urgent need to set a new collective quantified goal (NCQG) from a floor of USD 100 billion per year, taking into account the needs and priorities of developing countries, prior to 2025. – Mexico] [In the context of the first Global Stocktake, we urge parties to enhance mitigation ambition at COP-28 to keep the 1.5 degree warming limit in reach. –Switzerland]

j) (G77 version) We stress the urgency of enhancing ambition for climate action in the implementation of the UNFCCC and its Paris Agreement[5] in relation to climate mitigation, adaptation and the provision of new, additional and adequate means of implementation especially finance by developed countries to developing countries. We urge developed countries to urgently deliver the 100 billion United States dollars annual goal from 2019 and through to 2025 and emphasize the importance of transparency in the implementation of their pledges. We reiterate the urgency to developed country Parties to at least double their collective provision of climate finance for adaptation to developing countries from 2019 levels by 2025. We urge the implementation of the decisions adopted at COP-27 held in Sharm El-Sheikh, and the full operationalization of the fund by COP 28. We commit to continuing our work through the UNFCCC and its COPs to accelerate our action to address climate change. In this regard, we also look forward to the first global stock take of the Paris Agreement to take place in COP 28.]

[ (Previously 37 (i) ) j) (EU version) We will work with urgency through the UNFCCC and its COPs, including the upcoming COPs, to adopt resilient, sustainable, inclusive, low greenhouse gas emission and climate-resilient development pathways in a transparent and inclusive manner in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication and for the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda and in this regard we need to increase global efforts to tackle climate change with a view to keeping global ambition high in line with science and pursue efforts to limit the global average temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre- industrial levels as this would significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change and contribute to the achieving of the Sustainable Development Goals. We will implement the Paris Agreement and all agreed outcomes of the United Nations Convention on Climate Change, conscious of the synergies between the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Agreement, including across mitigation and adaption efforts. We urge developed country parties to follow on their commitment to mobilize jointly the goal of 100 billion United States dollars public and private, bilateral and multilateral through to 2025 and emphasize the importance of transparency in the implementation of their pledges. We welcome the outcomes of COP-27 held in Sharm El-Sheikh, including the decision on funding arrangements for responding to loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change, including a focus on addressing loss and damage and look forward to the hosting by the Government of the United Arab Emirates of the twenty-eighth session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, with the urgent need of keeping global ambition high on the basis of the outcome of the first Global Stocktake.]

[ (Previously 37 (i) ) j) (UK version) We will work with urgency through the UNFCCC and its COPs, including the upcoming COPs, guided by the latest scientific assessment in the IPPC Sixth Synthesis Report, to accelerate our actions to address climate change. We will implement the Paris Agreement and our Nationally Determined Contributions to deliver the shared goal of keeping global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees and pursue efforts to limit the rise to 1.5 degrees, and all agreed outcomes of the United Nations Convention on Climate Change. We are conscious of the synergies between the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Agreement, including through policy and finance across mitigation and adaption efforts.]

k)       (Previously 37 (j) ) [We [will conserve and sustainably use oceans and seas, freshwater resources, as well as forests, [wetlands, –Switzerland] [glaciers, -Kyrgyzstan] mountains  and drylands and to [protect / conserve –Japan “conserve” is utilized for biodiversity in international documents] biodiversity[, ecosystems and wildlife / and ecosystems –Switzerland]. -G77 delete] / commit to the effective conservation and management of terrestrial and inland water areas, and of marine and coastal areas, especially areas of particular importance for biodiversity and ecosystem function and services, and to the sustainable use of the resources from these areas. -CANZ] We will take urgent action to halt and reverse biodiversity loss [by 2030 –UK] to put nature on a path to recovery [by 2030 –CANZ] for the benefit of people and planet by conserving [, restoring – Mexico] and sustainably using [biodiversity and ensuring the fair and equitable sharing of benefits from the use of genetic resources / biological diversity, - Japan] while providing [and mobilizing –Switzerland] the necessary means of implementation [from all; sources –Switzerland]. We commit to [swiftly implement / the full, swift and effective implementation of –UK] the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework [, including [by revising and updating national biodiversity actions plans and programmes, and - Norway] the establishment of the Global Biodiversity Fund – Japan delete], and will [progressively – Japan delete] take the necessary steps to [progressively - Japan] close the $700 billion [per year –Mexico] biodiversity finance gap, [including by mobilising finance from all sources, scaling up support for Nature-based Solutions, eliminating harmful subsidies, and aligning financial flows with the GBF –UK] [and urge developed countries [and countries that voluntarily assume obligations of developed countries – CANZ] [and countries with the capacity to do so –UK] to make significant progress towards the $30 billion financial target in the Global Biodiversity Framework. – Japan delete]- Switzerland, US delete] [and aim to increase ambition for biodiversity finance from all sources. –US] [We note the importance of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030 in helping achieve the 2030 Agenda and its alignment with the objectives of the Global Biodiversity Framework. –CANZ] [US supports Swiss amendment to shorten para.]

[ (Previously 37 (j) )  k) (G77 version) We will take urgent action to halt and reverse biodiversity loss to put nature on a path to recovery for the benefit of people and planet by conserving and sustainably using biodiversity and ensuring the fair and equitable sharing of benefits from the use of genetic resources, including digital sequence information on genetic resources, while urgently increasing the provision and mobilization of new, additional, predictable and easily accessible financial resources to developing countries. We aim to close the biodiversity finance gap and urge developed countries to fulfill their annual financial commitments of at least 30 billion. We welcome the CBD COP15 and its outcomes and call on the timely implementation of these outcomes, in particular the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework Fund. We aim to close the biodiversity finance gap and urge developed countries to fulfill their annual financial commitments of at least $30 billion USD as soon as possible, and to enhance international cooperation, support and technology transfer to developing countries.]

[(Previously 37 (j) ) k) (EU version)  We will take urgent action to halt and reverse biodiversity loss by 2030 to put nature on a path to recovery for the benefit of people and planet including by conserving sustainably using biodiversity, and ensuring the fair and equitable sharing of benefits from the use of genetic resources, while providing the necessary means of implementation including by conserving or protecting at least 30 per cent of the world’s land by 2030 and at least 30 per cent of the global ocean by 2030, including through the establishment of marine protected areas on the high seas. We regret that the Sustainable Development Goal targets with a 2020 deadline have not been fully achieved and we commit to swiftly and fully implement them. We commit to swiftly implement the Kunming- Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, and will progressively take the necessary steps to close the $700 billion biodiversity finance gap. We endorse the Vision and goals of the United Nations Strategic Plans for Forests 2017-2030[1], with its 6 Global Forest Goals, and its contribution to reach  the Agenda 2030 and its SDG, including the commitments by other conventions such as the CBD and the Paris- Agreement. We commit to continue supporting action to halt deforestation and forest degradation and promoting sustainable forest management. Furthermore, we emphasize the vital role of forests for the attainment of all SDGs through the ecosystem services they provide, including biodiversity conservation; provision of wood products, food, fuel and fiber; carbon sequestration; flood, drought and erosion control; and the cleaning of water and air and commit to step up actions in the context of UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration and to scale up efforts to prevent, halt and reverse the degradation of ecosystems worldwide.]

l)        We commit to continue urgent efforts to implement the strategic objectives of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, affirming that combating desertification, land degradation, drought and floods, as well as sand and dust storms, and achieving land degradation neutrality are essential and have emerged as a pathway to accelerate progress towards achieving the SDGs.

m)    We will decisively and urgently mobilize action for sustainable ocean management, recognizing the central role of a healthy, productive and resilient ocean. We commit to an integrated and coordinated approach to conserve, protect and restore the ocean, its ecosystems and its biodiversity. We emphasize that our actions to implement Goal 14 should be in accordance with, reinforce and not duplicate or undermine existing legal instruments, arrangements, processes, mechanisms or entities. We affirm the need to enhance the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing international law as reflected in the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, which provides the legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources, as recalled in paragraph 158 of The Future We Want. We look forward to the third UN Ocean Conference, to be held in 2025, to scale-up ocean action and accelerate implementation.

n)      We will support the global efforts to address plastic pollution, and the work of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) to develop an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution, including in the marine environment by 2024.

o)      We commit to bridging the science, technology and innovation divides and the responsible use of science, technology, and innovation, including space technology and applications, as drivers of sustainable development and to build the capacities necessary for sustainable transformations. We reiterate the need to accelerate the transfer of environmentally sound technologies on favourable terms, including on concessional and preferential terms, as mutually agreed. We will take action to enhance the ability of developing countries to benefit from science, technology, and innovation and address the major structural impediments to accessing new and emerging technologies including through scaling up the use of open science, affordable and open-source technology, research and development, including through strengthened partnerships. We aim to increase funding for SDG-related research and innovation and build capacity in all regions to contribute to and benefit from this research. We will seek to better realize the benefits and address the challenges of artificial intelligence. We undertake to increase the use of science and scientific evidence in policymaking. 

p)      We pledge to take action to strengthen international, national and local data systems efforts to collect high quality, timely, relevant, disaggregated and reliable data on SDG progress and to intensify efforts to strengthen data and statistical capacities in developing countries. We will continue to strengthen our efforts to collect, analyse and disseminate relevant and reliable data, disaggregated by income, gender, age, race, ethnicity, migratory status, disability, geographical location and other characteristics relevant in national contexts, for better monitoring and policymaking to accelerate the achievement of the 2030 Agenda.We commit to increasing the availability of SDG data and closing SDG data gaps at all levels, increasing financing for data and statistics, and enhancing capacity building support to developing countries.

q)      We will continue to integrate the SDGs into our national policy frameworks and develop national plans for transformative and accelerated action. We will make implementing the 2030 Agenda and achieving the SDGs a central focus in national planning and oversight mechanisms. We will further localize the SDGs and advance integrated planning and implementation at the local levels. We encourage all relevant actors to better address interlinkages, synergies and trade-offs between the Sustainable Development Goals, enhancing policy coherence for sustainable development.

r)        We commit to accelerate the full implementation of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and to take further actions to scale up financing for sustainable development, and provide means of implementation for developing countries, including the following:

         i.            We will ensure significant mobilization of resources from a variety of sources, including through enhanced development cooperation, strengthening the capacity to mobilize domestic resources and private sector investment in order to provide adequate and predictable means for developing countries, in particular the least developed countries, and to implement programmes and policies to create decent jobs, including through the implementation of the Global Accelerator on Jobs and Social Protection for Just Transitions, to end poverty in all its forms and dimensions. 

       ii.            We urge developed countries to scale up and fulfill their ODA commitments, including their commitment to achieve the target of 0.7 per cent of gross national income for official development assistance (ODA/GNI) to developing countries and 0.15 to 0.20 per cent of ODA/GNI to the least developed countries.

     iii.            [We [call for [improved / the improvement of existing structures and frameworks on debt restructuring – Norway] / support improvements to existing –CANZ] [international debt mechanisms to support [debt review, -Switzerland delete, debt review is part of the IMF's mandate] debt payment suspensions, and debt restructuring, as appropriate – Norway delete], with an expansion of support and eligibility to vulnerable countries in need. – Japan delete] [We recognize the importance of new and emerging challenges and vulnerabilities in regard to developing country external and domestic debt sustainability. – G77 delete] [Strengthened multilateral coordination by all creditors [and promotion of transparent and fair development finance in line with international rules and standards that ensures debt transparency, fair appraisal, selection, and lending practices for quality infrastructure investment – Japan] is needed to address [and prevent – Japan] the deteriorating debt situation – EU, Norway delete]. [In this regard, we call for greater efforts to foster debt sustainability, debt transparency and effective debt management including by strengthening information-sharing and transparency among all creditors and borrowers, while respecting commercially sensitive information, to make sure that debt sustainability assessments are based on comprehensive, objective and reliable data and scaling up technical assistance in debt management. Debt transparency enables more effective debt management by debtors and better risk management by creditors, public and private thus strengthening multilateral coordination to solve the deteriorating debt situation –EU]. [We invite all official bilateral creditors to join the data sharing exercise for debt data reconciliation. - Japan]

[ (r) iii. (G77 version) We call for improved international debt mechanisms to support debt review, debt payment suspensions, debt restructuring as appropriate, with an expansion of support and eligibility to vulnerable countries in need. We commit to assisting developing countries in avoiding a build-up of unsustainable debt and in implementing resilience measures so as to reduce the risk of relapsing into another debt crisis, taking into account the challenges posed by the global economic environment and risks for debt sustainability in a growing number of developing countries. We call for strengthened multilateral actions and coordination by all creditors to address the deteriorating debt situation of developing countries. We call for an improved sovereign debt architecture, with the meaningful participation of all developing countries, including the creation of a coordination platform for debt treatment.]

[ (r) iii. (Seychelles version) We recognize the importance of new and emerging challenges and vulnerabilities in regard to developing country external debt sustainability. Strengthened multilateral coordination by all creditors is needed to address the deteriorating debt situation.]

[ (r) iii.  (US version) We recognize the urgency of addressing the heightened vulnerabilities in regard to developing country external debt sustainability. We note the ongoing efforts by other bodies and international fora to improve the efficiency of the existing debt restructuring process, including the Common Framework, and call for all official bilateral creditors to make commitments to improve the timeliness and efficiency of the debt restructuring process. Strengthened multilateral coordination by all creditors is needed to address the deteriorating debt situation.]

     iv.            We call for scaling up debt swaps for SDGs, including debt swaps for climate and nature, and debt swaps for food security, as appropriate, while recognizing that debt swaps cannot replace broader debt treatments in unsustainable debt situations, to allow developing countries to use debt service payments for investments in sustainable development.

       v.            We recommit to preventing and combating illicit financial flows and strengthening international cooperation and good practices on assets return and recovery. We reaffirm our commitment to strive to eliminate safe havens that create incentives for the transfer abroad of stolen assets and illicit financial flows. We will implement our obligations to prevent and combat corruption, bribery and money laundering in all their forms enshrined in the existing international architecture, in particular in those prescribed in the United Nations Convention Against Corruption and the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime. 

     vi.            [We call [for [an urgent –US delete] / to explore options for –Switzerland] re-channeling of [all –G77] [unutilized / the $100 billion commitment of –US] / We invite countries with strong external positions to step up voluntary channeling of –EU] Special Drawing Rights [or equivalent currency –US] [to / for –EU / from developed countries to developing –G77] countries most in need, [including –EU delete] [by exploring options to do so –US] through [the Poverty Reduction and Growth Trust and the Resilience and Sustainability Trust of IMF and –EU] Multilateral Development Banks [MDBs –Mexico], while [respecting relevant legal frameworks and –G77 delete] preserving the reserve asset character of Special Drawing Rights. [We further call for a new general allocation of SDRs to be allocated based on need. –G77] [We commend rapid progress toward the achievement of the global ambition of USD 100 billion of channeling of special drawing rights or equivalent contributions to countries most in need. –EU]

    vii.            We [note the importance / commit to urgent reform –G77] of the international financial architecture, [business models and financing capacities being [more –US delete] fit for purpose, [effective, –Switzerland] equitable / including the international financial institutions and their governance, to be more equitable, fit for purpose, -G77] [and responsive to [address global challenges and –Switzerland] the financing needs of developing countries, -US delete] [resilient and sustainable, / and commit –G77] to broaden and strengthen the voice and participation of developing countries in international economic decision-making, norm-setting, and global economic governance. [We commit to [continue to engage / engaging –G77] in inclusive [inter-governmental / multilateral –UK] [discussions on the reform of IFIs / negotiations under UN auspices to follow up on the commitments reached on the reform of the international financial architecture, including the IFIs, during the 78th session of the UNGA, -G77] taking into account the current and ongoing initiatives. / We recognize the ongoing efforts in these institutions to ensure they are equipped to respond to the increasing frequency, scope, and complexity of global challenges with both sufficient speed and scale. – US] [We support MDB reform as a key for large scale SDG-related investments, to better address global challenges and to increase mobilization of the private sector. We take note of ongoing initiatives to reform the international financial architecture, including the Bridgetown Initiative and the Paris Summit for a New Global Financial Pact. -EU] [G77 question source of “resilient and sustainable”; EU and US wish to retain.] 

  viii.            We [urge MDBs to bring / support ongoing MDB reforms and urge the MDBs to continue bringing – Norway] [forward actions to mobilize and provide additional financing / continue efforts to responsibly increase new lending capacity –US] within their mandates to support developing countries to achieve the SDGs [, while preserving their top credit ratings –Switzerland] [including by implementing with high ambition the Capital adequacy framework agenda for MDBS. We acknowledge the role of such banks in catalyzing private investment –EU] [We also urge MDBs to increase the quantity, quality and accessibility of climate and nature finance to drive delivery of the SDGs, Paris Agreement and Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework. –UK] We support MDB [reform efforts and call for / evolution efforts and look forward to –US] tangible progress in this regard [including through, inter-alia, increasing their capitalization, securing increases to grants and concessional finance, and better leveraging their capital bases, -G77] and encourage [enhanced – Switzerland] dialogue [coordination and partnership – Switzerland] between MDBs and other financial institutions. [We also need bilateral Development Finance Institutions to mobilise more private capital and improve conditions for responsible investment since public money will never be enough. –UK]

      ix.            We recommit to the promotion of a universal, rules-based, non-discriminatory, open, fair, inclusive, equitable and transparent multilateral trading system, with the World Trade Organization (WTO) at its core, as well as meaningful trade liberalization. We underscore that the multilateral trading system should contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, providing policy space for national development objectives, poverty eradication and sustainable development, consistent with relevant international rules and countries’ commitments, and promote export-led growth in the developing countries through, inter alia, preferential trade access for developing countries, targeted special and differential treatment that responds to the development needs of individual countries, in particular least developed countries, and the elimination of trade barriers that are inconsistent with World Trade Organization agreements. We welcome the commitment of WTO members to work towards the necessary reform of the organization, with the aim of improving all its functions and effectively addressing the challenges facing global trade. 

       x.            We confirm our political commitment to explore measures of progress on sustainable development that complement or go beyond gross domestic product to have a more inclusive approach to international cooperation and reaffirm our call to engage in United Nations-led intergovernmental discussions in consultation with relevant stakeholders.    

      xi.            We encourage the international community to consider multidimensional vulnerability, including the potential use of a multidimensional vulnerability index, as criteria to access concessional finance.

    xii.            We commit to convening a fourth international conference on financing for development in 2025.

38.   We recognize that the integrated nature of the Sustainable Development Goals requires a global response. We renew our commitment to multilateralism, to find new ways of working together and to ensure that multilateral institutions keep pace with the rapid changes taking place. We further commit to finding peaceful and just solutions to disputes and to respecting international law and the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, including the right to self-determination of peoples and the need to respect the territorial integrity and political independence of States.

39.   We commit to fully support the UN development system, including the RC system and the Joint SDG Fund, to deliver better in support of programme countries and their efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda and its SDGs. We support the United Nations in playing a central and coordinating role in international development cooperation. 

40.   We commit to using the review of the high-level political forum at the 78th session of the General Assembly to further strengthen the follow-up and review of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, harnessing data to track progress in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals and targets, strengthening analysis of the interlinkages across the Goals and targets, including policy implications of their synergies and trade-offs. 

41.   We look forward to the Summit of the Future in 2024 as an important opportunity to, inter alia, accelerate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its SDGs. We commit to ensure the United Nations can think and act more effectively in the interest of future generations, including by agreeing on a Declaration on Future Generations.

42.   We commit with united efforts, political will and firm actions to advance concrete, integrated and targeted policies and actions to fulfill the vision of the 2030 Agenda and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. We pledge to act now, for present and future generations, turning our world towards a sustainable and resilient path by 2030, and leaving no one behind.

 

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[1] High-level political forum on sustainable development convened under the auspices of the General Assembly (Sustainable Development Goals Summit).

[2] Adopted under the UNFCCC in FCCC/CP/2015/10/Add.1,.decision 1/CP.21

[3] United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 1771, No. 30822.

[4] United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 1771, No. 30822.

 

[5] Adopted under the UNFCCC in FCCC/CP/2015/10/Add.1,.decision 1/CP.21

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