President Joe Biden will address the 2023 United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday as part of the annual meeting for the international body.
Biden’s speech is scheduled to begin Tuesday morning.
At a two-day summit that began Monday, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres tried to kick-start action to achieve the 17 goals adopted by world leaders in 2015, which developing countries in particular consider crucial to closing the widening inequality gap between the world’s rich and poor countries.
He told leaders in the crowded General Assembly hall they made “a promise to build a world of health, progress and opportunity for all — a promise to leave no one behind, and a promise to pay for it.”
General Assembly President Dennis Francis told the assembled leaders that the fact that “we are lagging in our promise cannot be the death knell for our blueprint” to “banish poverty from our societies, protect and preserve our planet, and to ensure prosperity for all.”
Instead, he said, “bold and transformative action must be prioritized.”
Leaders from the 193 U.N. member nations then adopted a 10-page political declaration by consensus. It recognizes that the goals are “in peril” and expresses alarm that progress is either moving too slowly or regressing to pre-2015 levels. It reaffirms more than a dozen times, in different ways, leaders’ commitment to achieve the SDGs, or sustainable development goals, reiterating their individual importance.