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UN: Sereni, sustainable development key to recovery that leaves no one behind

“The pandemic has provided a demonstration of how essential justice, peace and inclusion are the pillars underpinning SDG 16, one of the most important Sustainable Development Goals enshrined by the UN.” Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Marina Sereni stated this in a video intervention at the High-Level Political Forum for Sustainable Development promoted by the United Nations and concerning the outcomes of the SDG 16 Conference held last May in Rome.

“To strengthen our resilience to crises such as Covid-19, every effort must be made to promote peace, effective institutions and justice systems based on respect for people. We must also create policies at the national level that ensure fair goods and services for all and fight corruption. Finally, we need to rethink governance with SDG16 at its core, innovating policies and institutions and promoting a whole-of-society approach. It is a crucial approach if we are to address complex challenges exacerbated by the pandemic such as rising inequality, social and economic insecurity, climate change and the technology gap.”

“A peaceful, just and inclusive recovery will only be possible through transparent and accountable institutions capable of ensuring the rule of law, good governance, human rights, gender equality and environmental sustainability. A continuous exchange between States, independent authorities, the judiciary, multilateral partners, civil society and all stakeholders is essential for a reconstruction that leaves no one behind. Having the Presidency of the G20, Italy is working to shape its action in this direction.