Secretary-General’s Remarks at G20 Summit Session on Inclusive and Interconnected Development

5 September, 2016

Excellencies,

Last year, many of you were in New York to celebrate the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and mark the 70th anniversary of the United Nations.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a universal, integrated and transformative plan of action for peace and prosperity for all on a healthy planet.

To achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, we need change in our economies, in our societies, and in our relationship with the environment.

We need balanced, inclusive and sustainable economic growth.

As we increase our economic activity through innovation and structural reform, we must dramatically reduce our environmental footprint.

We must address the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable first, and make sure we leave no one behind.