UNGA is the one moment each year that the majority of heads of state gather. This year marked the halfway point of the Sustainable Development Goals. Reflecting this, the theme for this year’s General Assembly was “Rebuilding trust and reigniting global solidarity: Accelerating action on the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals towards peace, prosperity, progress and sustainability for all.” In addition to the General Debate speeches, the High Level Week included the SDG Summit; a High Level Dialogue on Financing; and the Climate Ambition Summit.
We were watching for financing and policy commitments and events focused on food security, nutrition, smallholder farmers, biodiversity and climate adaptation. Unfortunately, progress towards the SDGs continues to be off track. SDG2 is one of the goals for which progress is slow and in the face of climate change, conflict and high cost of living that in combination are driving a global food crisis, SDG2 is at risk of regressing AS such we called for the global food crisis to no longer be the ‘elephant in the room’ at high level political gatherings.
The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres,In his opening speech, spoke with urgency and outrage. He called for action on hunger saying: “First, we must take action on hunger.In our world of plenty, hunger is a shocking stain on humanity, and an epic human rights violation.It is an indictment of every one of us that millions of people are starving in this day and age.”
Brazil’s President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva noted that “(T)he world is increasingly unequal”.He noted that geopolitics has contributed to rising global food and energy insecurity, and his government has had a long-standing commitment to address hunger and inequality. He announced that under Brazil’s chairmanship of the Group of 20 (G20) in 2024, the G20 Summit will focus on social inclusion and hunger.