UN’s annual High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) will convene virtually on 7–16 July. The meeting reviewed the global progress of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Prime Minister Sanna Marin’s speect at the UN’s annual High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF)
Prime Minister Marin participated in UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.
Government Communications Department 14.7.2020 16.36
Secretary-General, Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am honoured to speak at the opening session today.
Soon, after this opening session, I will present Finland’s second Voluntary National Review detailing our progress on the 2030 Agenda. I do hope that our Report will inspire others. Today, even in the midst of crisis, it is important for us to recognise and appreciate our recent successes as a global community. The adoption of both the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015 were remarkable achievements.
Since then, the international rules-based order has come under pressure, and even been put into question. Yet no one has presented better alternatives than multilateral institutions and the UN system. The crisis we face cannot be solved through national, unilateral measures. In this regard, I would like to express our gratitude for the leadership the Secretary-General has provided during the recent turbulent months. Secretary-General Guterres has outlined a clear way forward and been a voice of reason, calm and clarity.
Now, in its 75th year, the United Nations is needed perhaps more than ever. The high-level meetings in September and October will be an opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to the core values of the United Nations – peace, security and human rights. The Biodiversity Summit will be especially relevant in addressing biodiversity loss and environmental degradation, which are the root causes of the current COVID-19 crisis.
The 2030 Agenda, the Paris Agreement and the Convention on Biological Diversity are essential tools for ensuring a more sustainable and greener recovery. We can also view them as our global roadmaps. For Finland, the European Union stands as an example of how countries become stronger through cooperation. Solutions are more effective that way. The European Green Deal is a blueprint for a climate-sustainable future, and we are fully committed to delivering on it.
At a more regional level, the Nordic countries have been working on a blueprint for better and greener recovery under the header “Building Back Better and Greener”. We aim to share it widely as one model for reaching our goals.