Facing a world where inequality is growing, trust is fading, and impatience with leadership can be seen and felt far and wide, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon opened the 70th General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly on Monday with a call to “translate promises on paper to action on the ground” by backing a bold new sustainability agenda that aims to wipe out poverty and build a sustainable future for all.
After hosting a luncheon for Heads of State and Government, the Secretary-General joined US President Barack Obama Leaders oand f more than 50 countries for a summit on United Nations peacekeeping operations to pledge new commitments and strengthen existing capabilities, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon saying “the demand for peacekeeping has never been greater.”
Also launched was the Blue Number Initiative, a global registry for farmers to produce more sustainable. A partnership between the International Trade Centre (ITC), the United Nations Global Compact and GS1, the not-for-profit global standards organization, the Blue Number Initiative helps farmers and agri-businesses think and act more sustainably.
The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, an unprecedented multi-stakeholder group consisting of governments, civil society, private sector, international organizations, academic, statistical and data communities and networks who represent all sectors of society, dedicated to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, was also launched on Monday. The partnership aims to modernize the data driving the world’s sustainable development efforts so that by 2030, every child born of this earth will count, giving us all a better chance at a thriving world that leaves no one behind.
Online interest in General Assembly activities remains high. Screens showing tweets from around the world are on display around the building.
In between meetings and appointments, many world leaders stopped by the “Twitter mirror” located near the area set aside for bilateral meetings in the Visitors’ Lobby. Here is one example:
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