Delegate: Ms. Meigan Díaz Corona
95. Ms. Díaz Corona (Mexico), speaking as a youth delegate, said that the participation of youth and women was imperative to ensure the mainstreaming of the 2030 Agenda. Inclusive economic growth was fundamental in that context, as were strengthened public policies to promote the transformative potential of all, including youth, women, migrants, indigenous peoples and other marginalized populations.
96. Mexico was committed to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. As such, it had recently amended its Planning Act to include the three pillars of sustainable development and the principles of equity, inclusion and non-discrimination in national planning. A national council bringing together the three branches of national Government, local governments, the private sector, civil society and academia had been established to accelerate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. A multidimensional approach to poverty should be taken, maintaining the integrated and indivisible nature of the Agenda. In that regard, the organization of the high-level political forum on sustainable development should be re-examined, since it currently focused on a subset of the Sustainable Development Goals at each session, rather than on the linkages among them.
97. During the current session, the Committee should focus on four key topics. The first was rapid technological change, since the promotion of technological innovation was key to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Efforts within the United Nations should be coordinated in that regard. Second, all parties would benefit from a universal, rules-based, open, non-discriminatory and equitable multilateral trading system. Third, climate change was of particular importance. States had a shared responsibility and a moral obligation to fulfil the Paris Agreement. During the twenty-fourth session of the Conference of the
Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, guidelines applicable to all parties to the Agreement must be set forth and more ambitious nationally determined contributions must be established. Finally, the reform of the United Nations development system was necessary to adapt the institutional framework to the 2030 Agenda. Based on the Secretary-General’s strategy for financing the 2030 Agenda, the Secretariat should now work to ensure that the system was operational in 2019.
98. The work of the Committee must be reinvigorated. To achieve that, divisions between developed and developing countries must be overcome. Resolutions on some items should be considered only every two or three years, since the discussion of certain topics and the adoption of certain draft resolutions had become anachronistic and did not focus on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Even worse, in some cases the Committee was duplicating the work of the Economic and Social Council, its subsidiary bodies and the high-level political forum for sustainable development. Only by working effectively together would it be possible to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda. Eleven years remained and the clock was ticking.
UN Doc.: A/C.2/73/SR.3