Delegation of the European Union
to the United Nations - New York

EU Statement – United Nations 2nd Committee: Implementation of the Third UN Decade for the Eradication of Poverty

New York, 18/11/2020 - 22:22, UNIQUE ID: 201118_20
Statements on behalf of the EU

18 November 2020, New York – General Statement by the European Union at the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly Second Committee on the Implementation of the Third United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (2018–2027)

The Candidate Countries the Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Albania, the country of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidate Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova and Georgia, align themselves with this statement.

The EU and its 27 Member States today join consensus on the resolution "Implementation of the Third United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty ". We are glad that all Member States support this important resolution.

We thank Nepal for their engagement and leadership in facilitating the negotiations which allowed us to reach agreement, and the Secretariat for its support throughout. This resolution takes on renewed importance as we seek to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on poverty levels globally. The current crisis puts at risk the development gains we have made in recent years, and impacts on all of our societies and economies.

As the resolution notes, the pandemic poses a serious challenge to achieving the Sustainable Development Goal of ending poverty by 2030, making the world’s pledge to leave no one behind and reaching those furthest behind much more difficult to achieve. But the challenge is not only to SDG 1, but to the entire 2030 Agenda across the three dimensions of sustainable development. With 115 million people expected to be pushed into poverty, this will impact health and education outcomes, inequalities, efforts to empower women and girls, and the promotion and protection of human rights.

The resolution we adopt today identifies the need for action, integrating a sustainable approach in our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Investing in universal health coverage and delivering ambitious and holistic outcomes from next year’s Food Systems Summit which leverage the full capacity and expertise of the entire UN system, is essential.

Our recovery plans can’t be developed in isolation from our work to achieve the SDGs. They must integrate them, and will be more likely to succeed if they do so. We are in a moment, despite the hardship so many face, where we can resolve together to do things differently. As we plan our recovery we can build back better, build back fairer, and leave no one behind.

The EU stands firmly united in this crisis and is ready to play its part, being supportive of a united response to this COVID-19 crisis and its effects on poverty eradication. A “Team Europe” package to support partner countries in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic and its consequences combines resources from the EU, its Member States and financial institutions and to-date has reached almost €38.5 billion.

Thank You.

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