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United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development


SDG 6 Reference — General Debate 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly

Statement by Her Excellency Mrs. Sophie Wilmès, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Belgium


A holistic approach is needed to counter violent extremism, emphasizing good governance, the fight against impunity, strengthening democratic institutions, dealing with grievances of marginalized groups as well as sustainable and inclusive development.

At the same time, more and more regions of the world are experiencing the implications health, security and humanitarian issues of climate change and degradation of biodiversity. Drought and irregular weather are pushing people away from home, whether in Somalia, Yemen or Afghanistan. Cast iron polar ice leads to a militarization of the Arctic. The impact of climate change reinforces social, political, economic and environmental conflicts.

The climate emergency is a challenge for peace. There is no more time to lose. This cause must concern us all. The pursuit of sustainable development goals and more generally Agenda 2030 are essential tools to respond to global challenges.

Confidence in our courage, our resilience, our know-how and our responsible behavior, in combination with our scientific progress, to mitigate climate change. Confidence in our desire to achieve sustainable development for all.


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