Social issues


Following are UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed’s keynote remarks, as prepared for delivery, at the High-level Seminar “Towards the Second Summit for Social Development: Enhancing Global Efforts to Achieve the 2030 Agenda” organized by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and International Labour Organization (ILO), in Santiago, Chile, today:


The international community’s multiple and simultaneous crises can be summarized as “inequality”, requiring a redoubling of efforts to rescue the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially in States that are struggling, delegates told the Commission for Social Development today as it concluded its general discussion.


Rapid technological changes, urbanization, demographic shifts and climate change have impacted families in profound ways, a senior United Nations official told the Commission for Social Development today during a panel discussion marking 30 years since the General Assembly established the International Year of the Family.


Inclusive economic growth is key to social development and poverty eradication, requiring policies and programmes created by collaboration, such as economists strategizing alongside mothers, corporate executives engaging with the unemployed and political leaders consulting youth, speakers told the Commission for Social Development at the opening of its sixty-second session.