New ECOSOC President goals to maximise ‘attain, relevance and impression’

He underscored the significance of worldwide solidarity in recovering stronger and forging forward with the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Growth Targets (SDGs).   

“Regardless of the challenges confronted we are able to maximize the attain, relevance and impression of the Council, its segments and subsidiary our bodies…to get better stronger from this pandemic”, stated Mr. Kelapile, who served as Vice-President to the outgoing prime official, Munir Akram. 

New @UNECOSOC President Collen Vixen Kelapile of Botswana stated: “ECOSOC’s position has change into much more important & is not any much less necessary than the opposite peer Principal Organs of the @UN, together with the Safety Council & the Basic Meeting.

— UN ECOSOC President (@UNECOSOC) July 23, 2021

Rising to the event 

Because the world continues to grapple with the unprecedented disaster, the present surge of COVID-19 and its extra transmittable variants threaten to additional derail world financial restoration, stated Mr. Kelapile, who additionally serves as Botswana’s UN Ambassador.  

He stated “ECOSOC’s position has change into much more important” in serving to navigate out of the pandemic and past. 

“ECOSOC should rise to the event” and wage “a spirited battle in opposition to illness, poverty and inequality, impacts of local weather change”, in addition to mobilize world motion and assets through the Decade of Motion to speed up implementation of all of the SDGs”, stated the brand new President. 

He additionally underscored the way it might contribute to the wrestle in opposition to world geostrategic tensions, distrust and “the darkish facet of the digital world”.   

‘Our best belongings’  

Because the world inches by means of a “fragile and imbalanced” restoration, Mr. Kelapile cited the Worldwide Financial Fund in saying that the pandemic has elevated SDG financing wants by a median of 2.5 GDP share factors per yr, throughout all low-income growing international locations. 

On the identical time, vaccines and well-funded stimulus packages are main developed and rising economies in direction of the mild on the finish of the tunnel. 

“Some of the important classes we’re studying through the ongoing pandemic is that world solidarity, multilateralism and cooperation are certainly our best belongings”, he stated. “After we work collectively, our potential to beat hardship is unparalleled”. 

By the identical token, divisiveness stands as considered one of our greatest threats. Failure to handle variations amongst nations will solely worsen geopolitical and socio-economic tensions, he stated. 

Closing gaps  

The Botswanan Ambassador outlined a few of the broad pillars of his presidential agenda, starting with “swift restoration” from the pandemic. 

Earlier than convening the 2022 Excessive-Stage Political Discussion board (HLPF) – the UN’s key worldwide discussion board on sustainable improvement – he vowed to maintain a devoted assembly to gauge progress and map out how common entry to the COVID-19 vaccines will be bolstered. 

And because the pandemic has uncovered and exacerbated pre-existing inequalities inside and between international locations, Mr. Kelapile believes that ECOSOC ought to “decisively tackle” the basis causes of persistent disparities and reinforce nationwide and worldwide efforts to promote equality.   

Some of the important classes we’re studying through the ongoing pandemic is that world solidarity — ECOSOC President

Whereas advances in science, know-how and innovation have accelerated through the pandemic, so too has the necessity to shut the digital divide – or danger festering and additional widening inequalities. 

He plans to “leverage the position of ECOSOC” to help international locations rising from battle in direction of “long-term and sustainable improvement” and encourage efforts to include local weather resilience into COVID-19 response and restoration initiatives. 

Upcoming discussion board 

The incoming ECOSOC President stated HLPF 2022 would look at in-depth, SDG Targets 4, on schooling; 5, on gender; 14 on oceans, 15 on biodiversity and 17 on partnerships. 

He stated interlinkages throughout the world targets had been “important” and upheld his agency perception that the discussion board will get better stronger from the pandemic.   

Distinctive expertise 

Outgoing ECOSOC President Munir Akram, additionally Pakistan’s Everlasting Consultant, outlined the challenges of main the Council “within the midst of the best financial and social disaster that has confronted the world in a century”.  

Because the world was in the COVID lockdown, he defined that ECOSOC was on the centre of the “intense worldwide discourse” on methods to answer the pandemic, and its penalties, whereas additionally persevering with to implement the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs – all whereas averting the existential risk of a local weather disaster. 

“I’m assured that, below the ready management of Ambassador Kelapile, the ECOSOC will reply actively and boldly to satisfy these challenges through the subsequent yr”, concluded Mr. Akram. 

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