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UN spotlights ‘bottlenecks and barriers’ of financing the development agenda
“Bottlenecks and barriers” was the focus of Monday’s dialogue on Financing the Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, at the United Nations as high-level officials met with outside partners to secure billions in investments over the next 15 years to drive the development agenda.
“The private sector has a bigger role to play,” General Assembly President Miroslav Lajčák told the gathering, pointing to the need for investment.
He noted that the SDGs require five to seven trillion dollars annually of global investment, which is only seven to 10 per cent of the global gross domestic product.
“The money is out there,” he said, stressing the need for “new means and mechanisms,” and for “bigger and better partnerships with the private sector.”
“We only have two choices,” he continued.
“One: We finance the #SDGs. And we achieve them. Or two: We don’t. And we fail. There is no in-between”, he spelled out.
Mr. Lajčák concluded by saying that “the longer we stand at this fork in the road, the less choice we will have.”
‘Highly explosive’ escalation of conflict across Syria’s Idlib, says top UN official
The situation inside Syria’s Idlib threatens to become “highly explosive,” for the hundreds of thousands of civilians sheltering there, the Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis, told journalists in Geneva on Monday.
Panos Moumtzis said that 1.2 million of the governorate’s more than 2.5 million population are now displaced. Many of them multiple times.
“The humanitarian response on the ground is at a breaking point” Mr. Moumtzis said. “We are stretched to the Maximum. We are literally from hand to mouth, emptying warehouses, working around the clock with a massive response on all fronts. We’ve had teams working, receiving at three in the morning massive numbers of people and always trying to find places to host them within host communities, within empty building, within makeshift camps. We are really making use of every possible inch in Idlib to be able to receive, to accomodate and to respond to the needs on the ground.”
There has been an uptick in conflict between armed groups and a spike in number of displaced inside the war-torn country and Idlib has also become a haven for belligerents forced out of former strongholds by government forces and their allies.
With an escalation in fighting, skirmishes have been occurring around health facilities and other civilian areas, and the already difficult humanitarian situation is spiraling downward.
UN humanitarian official condemns Central African hospital attack as 'inhuman and unworthy'
Weapon-toting militiamen forced their way into a hospital in the conflict-riddled Central African Republic (CAR) on Saturday in an act that was condemned by the United Nations humanitarian coordinator on the ground, as “an outrageous violation of international humanitarian law.”
The armed men entered the Regional Hospital in the city centre of Bambari, after previously threatening medical staff and patients last Thursday and looting the offices of nine humanitarian organizations, as well as the National Refugee Commission, during the course of May.
Humanitarian Coordinator Najat Rochdi: “I hold these armed groups directly responsible for this intrusion for any medical complications and life-threatening conditions of patients.”
She recalled that in accordance with the principles of humanitarian law and impartiality, healthcare is a right granted to all patients in need.
Liz Scaffidi, UN News.