The Sustainable Development Goals in Indonesia
The United Nations is committed to working with the Government of Indonesia to building a nation that is prosperous, democratic, and just, where development benefits all people, and where the rights of future generations are protected. True to the promise of the SDGs to “leave no one behind”, the UN’s approach combines a strong focus on the poorest of the poor, combatting discrimination and rising inequalities and addressing their root causes. “Leaving no one behind” means prioritising people’s dignity and placing the progress of the most marginalised and vulnerable communities first. This central and transformative promise has become more important than ever to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and work towards a sustainable, resilient, and inclusive recovery.
13 October 2021
Pesan Sekretaris-Jenderal Pada Hari Pangan Sedunia
Hari Pangan Sedunia bukanlah hanya peringatan akan pentingnya pangan bagi setiap orang di planet ini — Hari ini adalah ajakan untuk segera bertindak dalam mencapai ketahanan pangan di seluruh dunia. Saat ini, hampir 40 persen umat manusia — tiga miliar orang — tidak mampu membeli makanan yang sehat. Kelaparan sedang meningkat. Begitu juga dengan kekurangan gizi dan obesitas. Dampak ekonomi dari COVID-19 telah membuat situasi yang buruk bahkan menjadi lebih buruk. Pandemi telah menyebabkan penambahan 140 juta orang yang tidak memiliki akses makanan yang mereka butuhkan. Di waktu yang sama, cara kita memproduksi, mengonsumsi, dan membuang makanan begitu merugikan planet kita. Hal ini memberikan tekanan bersejarah pada sumber daya alam, iklim, dan lingkungan alam kita — dan merugikan kita sebanyak triliunan dolar per tahun. Seperti yang diperjelas oleh tema tahun ini, kekuatan untuk berubah ada di tangan kita. "Tindakan kita adalah masa depan kita." Bulan lalu, dunia berkumpul untuk Konferensi Tingkat Tinggi Sistem Pangan PBB. Negara-negara berani berkomitmen untuk mengubah sistem pangan. Untuk membuat diet yang sehat, lebih terjangkau dan mudah diakses. Dan untuk membuat sistem pangan lebih efisien, tangguh, dan berkelanjutan di setiap langkah — mulai dari produksi dan pemrosesan, hingga pemasaran, transportasi, dan pengiriman. Kita semua dapat mengubah cara kita mengonsumsi makanan, dan membuat pilihan yang lebih sehat — untuk diri kita sendiri, dan planet kita. Dalam sistem pangan kita, ada sebuah harapan. Pada Hari Pangan Sedunia ini, bergabunglah dengan kami dalam berkomitmen untuk mengambil tindakan transformatif dengan mewujudkan Tujuan Pembangunan Berkelanjutan melalui sistem pangan yang memberikan nutrisi, lingkungan dan kehidupan yang lebih baik bagi setiap orang.
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12 October 2021
Message by António Guterres on International Day of The Girl
The strength, health and empowerment of the world’s girls is a matter for every single day of the year. The International Day of the Girl is an opportunity to recommit to this global imperative. Today’s girls are part of a digital generation. It is our responsibility to join with them in all their diversity, amplify their power and solutions as digital change-makers, and address the obstacles they face in the digital space. The path to girls’ digital equality is steep. A massive gap in internet use spanning geographies and generations has grown from 11 per cent in 2013 to 17 per cent six years later. In more than two thirds of all countries, girls make up only 15 percent of graduates in STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and math. Girls have equal ability and immense potential in these fields, and when we empower them, everyone benefits. I saw this long before I began my political career, when I was a teacher in Lisbon and witnessed the power of education to uplift individuals and communities. That experience has guided my vision for gender equality in education ever since. Investments in closing the digital gender divide yield huge dividends for all. The United Nations is committed to working with girls so that this generation, whoever they are and whatever their circumstances, can fulfil their potential. The Generation Equality Action Coalition on Technology and Innovation is our new platform, where governments, civil society, the private sector and young leaders are coming together around collective initiatives and investments to support girls’ digital access, skills and creativity. Together, let us ensure that girls play their full part in the digital generation to design and secure our common future.
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05 October 2021
Message by António Guterres on World Habitat Day 2021
On this World Habitat Day, cities and towns across the globe are facing – and fighting – the dual crises of COVID-19 and climate change. Home to 4.5 billion people today, they are projected to grow by almost 50 per cent by 2050. By mid-century, over 1.6 billion urban residents may have to survive through average summertime highs of 35 degrees Celsius. This year’s theme – ‘Accelerating Urban Action for a Carbon-Free World’ – highlights how cities and towns are at the core of climate action to keep the 1.5 degrees goal within reach. Three-quarters of the infrastructure that will exist in 2050 has yet to be built. Economic recovery plans offer a generational opportunity to put climate action, renewable energy, and sustainable development at the heart of cities’ strategies and policies. City leadership in using green materials and constructing energy-efficient, resilient buildings powered by renewable energy is essential to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. The benefits are enormous: less pollution and climate risk, more jobs, and better health and well-being. As populations grow in emerging economies, demand for transport, which accounts for nearly 20 per cent of global carbon emissions, is multiplying. Cities are working to ensure that this demand is met by zero-emission vehicles and public transit. We need a global moratorium on internal combustion engines by 2040 at the latest to underpin these efforts. On World Habitat Day, let us work together to harness the transformative potential of sustainable urban action for the benefit of our planet and all people.
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05 October 2021
Message by António Guterres on World Mental Health Day 2021
Around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic is taking a terrible toll on people’s mental health. Millions of people face grief over lost family members and friends. Many more are anxious over unemployment and fearful of the future. Older people may experience isolation and loneliness, while children and adolescents may feel alienated and distressed. Without determined action, the mental health impact may last far longer than the pandemic itself. We must act to redress the glaring inequalities exposed by the pandemic – including the inequality in access to mental health services. In high-income countries, over 75 percent of people with depression report that they do not receive adequate care. And in low- and middle-income countries, over 75 percent of people with mental health conditions receive no treatment at all. This is the direct consequence of chronic under-investment, as governments spend an average of just over 2 percent of their health budgets on mental health. This is unacceptable. At long last, we are beginning to see recognition that there can be no health without mental health. Member States have endorsed the World Health Organization’s updated Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan. The United Nations family, together with partners across the global mental health community, are introducing new guidelines and developing new tools to improve mental health. These are positive steps – but we have a long way to go. On World Mental Health Day and every day, let us commit to work together with urgency and purpose to ensure quality mental health care for all people, everywhere.
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28 September 2020
Message by António Guterres on the International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies
Around the world, nine out of every ten people breathe unclean air. Air pollution contributes to heart disease, strokes, lung cancer and other respiratory diseases. It causes an estimated 7 million premature deaths every year, predominantly in low- and middle-income countries. Air pollution also threatens the economy, food security and the environment. As we recover from the coronavirus pandemic, the world needs to pay far greater attention to air pollution, which also increases the risks associated with COVID-19. We must also urgently address the deeper threat of climate change. Limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees will help reduce air pollution, death and disease. This year’s lockdowns have caused emissions to fall dramatically, providing a glimpse of cleaner air in many cities. But emissions are already rising again, in some places surpassing pre-COVID levels. We need dramatic and systemic change. Reinforced environmental standards, policies and laws that prevent emissions of air pollutants are needed more than ever. Countries also need to end subsidies for fossil fuels. And, at the international level, countries need to cooperate to help each other transition to clean technologies. I call on governments still providing finance for fossil fuel-related projects in developing countries to shift that support towards clean energy and sustainable transport. And I urge all countries to use post-COVID recovery packages to support the transition to healthy and sustainable jobs. Today, 7 September, marks the first International Day of Clean Air for blue skies. Let us work together to build a better future with clean air for all.
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