President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Liberian Leader Raps At Launch Of Agenda 2030, SDGs
MONROVIA, September 28 (LINA) - President Ellen Johnson has told global leaders that the 2030 Agenda is probably the most universal agenda the world has ever put together because every country, every segment of society was involved.
She argued that the 2030 Agenda contains a collective ambition to transform the world and ensure that every person lives to their fullest potential in a safe sustainable social environment.
According to a dispatch from New York, the Liberian leader made the remarks at a High-Level reception to launch an initiative in support of the implementation of Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
President Sirleaf stressed that the Millennium Development Goals (MGDs), which are about to expire, have taught the world many lessons about human development and priorities, which must be put to work.
She also acknowledged that the world has changed very much since the MGDs were adopted in 2000, with wealth, knowledge and opportunities.
“So we have new challenges. The events of the past years, including the financial with its attending economic problems, growing concerns about climate change, the rise of extremism and the current displacement of millions of people running from their homes because of conflict, have all brought to the surface how closely linked we are, as people, no matter where we live,” President Sirleaf said.
The Liberian leader told her audience that the 2030 Development Agenda is an answer to the challenges the world faces today and stressed that its implementation “is the business of all and that we must get everyone on board to make sure that the priorities are implemented from today and going forward.”
She said as the world gets ready to launch a universal movement to implement the new agenda, the same level of participation that led to its creation must be galvanized.
“The fact that we now have new actors involved in the development process, and I am speaking of the academia, the private sector, the civil society organizations and the media, open new opportunities and the task will be how we tap into their energies and vision.
‘If I must add, women and the youth in every sector have to be empowered to make their input, from the decision-making to implementation,” she noted.
She recognized that people around the world have spoken and it is their views, their priorities that form the axis of the 2030 Development Agenda and they must therefore be involved in the implementation.
President Sirleaf recommended that the world makes use of the new digital age that allows the free flow of information throughout the world.
“We must embark on a data revolution that would enable us to truly assess achievements and challenges as well as lay the ground for planning for the next steps,” she proposed.
he Liberian leader indicated that Liberia is honored to have been a part of the global move and will spare no efforts or energy to ensure that the hard work that went into the formulation of the 2030 Agenda are translated into actions.
She said the future of our planet, the prosperity of the people and the sustainability of the economies will depend on how strongly the world works together, to achieve the ultimate goal of the 2030 Agenda - to eradicate poverty, put an end to inequalities and establish strong partnerships in a world where no one is left behind.
The leaders of 67 nations and international organizations also delivered statements at the High-Level event at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, U.S.A.