ASUNCION – Paraguay signed on Monday the United Nations’ Agenda 2030 and Sustainable Development Goals, thus fulfilling a “dream of progress,” said President Horacio Cartes in a speech delivered at the signing ceremony in Asuncion.
Cartes, accompanied by Senate president Fernando Lugo and the chief justice of the Paraguayan Supreme Court, Luis Maria Benitez, signed the document whereby Paraguay joins 192 other nations in agreeing to take concrete measures to comply with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and their 169 associated targets.
In his speech, the president called for the “concerted work of everyone ... (to) take concrete steps toward caring for the planet.”
“I sincerely believe that if we continue honoring these commitments, Paraguay will move decisively toward the achievement of these inclusive objectives.”
During the event, economist Jeffrey Sachs, an adviser to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, noted in a video message that Paraguay “has an excessive inequality that can be reduced with education, infrastructure and health care for all.”
Meanwhile, the resident UN coordinator in Paraguay, Cecilia Ugaz, renewed the international body’s commitment “without nuances, to the efforts being made by the Paraguayan state” in matters related to the Sustainable Development Goals.
Paraguayan Foreign Minister Eladio Loizaga, in turn, stressed “South-South cooperation as a catalyst” for resources to comply with the commitments undertaken by Asuncion.
Loizaga referred to the need to “eradicate and move forward” on dealing with gender inequality, one of the goals of the Agenda 2030.
He said that implementing the Agenda is a “challenge” and a “change of paradigm” but, at the same time, it will bring “great opportunities ... (and a) common objective” to Paraguay.
Agenda 2030 is a worldwide commitment by both developed and developing countries based on economic progress, social advances and care of the environment.
Among its goals are eradicating poverty and hunger, achieving gender equality and fighting climate change.