Media Update: United Nations Pakistan, 20 September 2021
20 September 2021
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Video Message for the Secretary-General: International Day of Peace September 21, 2021
UNITED NATIONS : MEDIA ADVISORY : World leaders to gather at UN to mark SDG Moment and inspire ambition critical to ending the pandemic and ensuring a sustainable and inclusive future for all
Video Message for the Secretary-General:
International Day of Peace
September 21, 2021
This year’s International Day of Peace comes at a crisis point for humanity.
COVID-19 has turned our world upside-down.
Conflicts are spinning out of control.
The climate emergency is worsening.
Inequality and poverty are deepening.
And mistrust and division are driving people apart at a time when solidarity and collaboration are needed more than ever.
As a human family, we face a stark choice —
Peace or perpetual peril.
We must choose peace.
That is why I call for a 24-hour ceasefire today.
And by working in solidarity for a lasting, sustainable peace every day, we can tackle the issues facing us.
We need peace to urgently deliver lifesaving vaccines and treatment for COVID-19.
We need peace to recover from the pandemic and re-build shattered systems and shattered lives.
We need peace to level the playing field and reduce inequalities.
We need peace to renew trust in one another — and faith in facts and science.
And we need to make peace with nature — to heal our planet, build a green economy, and achieve our net-zero targets.
Peace is not a naïve dream.
It’s a light in the darkness.
Guiding us to the only pathway to a better future for humanity.
Let’s walk the pathway of peace as if our lives depended on it.
Because they do.
World leaders to gather at UN to mark SDG Moment and inspire ambition
critical to ending the pandemic and ensuring a sustainable and
inclusive future for all
K-pop band BTS and Global Stakeholders to join Heads of State and Government in
keeping the promise of the SDGs for people and planet
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What: The SDG Moment serves to place an annual spotlight on the Sustainable Development
Goals (SDGs) and will be held at the beginning of the United Nation’s General Assembly’s High-
Level Week. It takes place as the world experiences a deeply uneven response to the COVID-19
pandemic, which risks creating a two-tier recovery with significant implications for the
advancement of the SDGs, especially in developing countries.
Convened by the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, the Moment will provide world
leaders with a platform to showcase the bold plans, actions and solutions that are needed to
end the COVID-19 pandemic and set the world on course towards achieving the SDGs. Held in
advance of major meetings on food systems, climate, energy, jobs and social protection, the
SDG Moment event is expected to build the momentum needed to deliver on the Decade of
Action and Keep the Promise of the SDGs.
The event will include more than 30 heads of state, a key debate with UN leaders on the
COVID-19 Response and Recovery and a musical performance by K-pop band BTS, Special
Presidential Envoy for Future Generation and Culture of the President of the Republic of Korea.
Leaders from business, civil society, local authorities, the SDG Advocates and the UN will
highlight how to take solutions to scale.
Why: To get the SDGs back on track and prevent the worst impacts of climate change, a
profound shift in economies and societies is now needed that benefits both people and planet.
In the last 18 months, COVID-19 has disrupted economies and livelihoods, deepened
inequalities and risks sending over 70 million people into extreme poverty.
In the same period, progress on reducing greenhouse gas emissions has been too slow and
biodiversity loss has continued at an extraordinary pace. This is compounded by a deeply
uneven global response to the pandemic with the world’s poorest countries and people
suffering the most. The SDGs are the north star for the transformation required to overcome
the pandemic and usher in a sustainable and inclusive future for everyone.
Recognising this urgency, the UN will launch a new campaign, Keeping the Promise ahead of
the SDG Moment. The digital campaign will call on people around the world to make a promise
to take action for a better future for all. Users will be asked to choose from 11 promises
inspired by the 17 Sustainable Development Goals – the world’s to-do list to protect our planet
and all its people.
More information is available:
When: 8am-5pm, Monday 20 September 2021
Where: Follow on UN Web TV
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Francyne Harrigan, UN Department of Global Communications T: +1 917-209-6320 / E:
Sharon Birch, UN Department of Global Communications T: +1 212-963-0564 / E: