Today, Tuesday 19 September, at the UN SDG Summit, the UK Foreign Secretary, James Cleverly will announce pledges and reforms from the UK to build a more inclusive international financial system including new financial guarantees for Multilateral Development Banks.
The two-day UN SDG Summit will conclude today as part of the wider UN General Assembly following Monday’s adoption of the Political Declaration to accelerate action to achieve the 17 goals by world leaders.
In reaction to the UK’s pledges and the outcomes of the SDG summit, Gideon Rabinowitz, Director of Policy and Advocacy at Bond, the UK network for NGOs, said:
The adoption of the Political Declaration by world leaders is welcome, but the absence of the UK’s Prime Minister calls into question the government’s reassurances on their commitment to achieving the SDGs by 2030.
The UK’s pledge to reform global financial architecture to ensure a fairer and more inclusive system is welcome, however, the UK’s actions and financial commitments are lagging behind.
For the UK to show it is a reliable partner on sustainable development it should stand behind initiatives proposed by lower-income countries, such as debt relief and supporting the UN Tax Convention. “The upcoming White Paper is an opportunity for the UK to act on its commitments and to embed responsibility for the SDGs across government.
Notes for editors
- Over the summer the FCDO launched a consultation to inform the government’s approach to international development to 2030. This White Paper will be launched later in autumn.
- On Monday 18 September, the UN General Assembly adopted the political declaration to accelerate SDGs.
- Bond is the UK network for organisations working in international development. Bond unites and supports a diverse network of nearly 400 civil society organisations from across the UK, and allies to help eradicate global poverty, inequality and injustice.
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