The UN Secretary-General pays a visit to Belgium

Photo: The UN Chief, António Guterres, with the President of the Council of the European Union, Charles Michel.
Photo credit: UN

23 March 2023

The UN Secretary-General is visiting Brussels, Belgium on 23 March to attend a session with the members of the European Council. Among the topics to be discussed are Ukraine, climate change and the Agenda 2030.

“This visit demonstrates the excellent cooperation between the #EuropeanUnion and the United Nations. This is indeed a crucial moment.” – said the UN Chief, António Guterres, during a joint press encounter with the President of the Council of the European Union, Charles Michel.

We have a perfect storm in many developing countries, a combination of factors that lead to a very dramatic situation. Sustainable Development Goals are moving backwards. More hunger, more poverty, less education, less health services in so many parts of the world. And, it is clear that our international financial system is not fit for purpose to deal with such a huge challenge.

And we very much count on the European Union to lead the transformations that are necessary in order to be able to put back on track the 2030 Agenda.

On the other hand, the last report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change shows a dramatic situation. We’re close to the tipping point that will make 1.5 degrees impossible to achieve.

So, we need dramatic action, we need an acceleration agenda and once again we count on the leadership of the European Union in this regard, as it has been demonstrated in several other moments.

And finally, the Russian invasion of Ukraine is causing tremendous suffering to the people of Ukraine but also having a huge impact globally and we will take profit of this occasion to exchange views on our best to confront these challenges.

The Diplomatic Informer
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