- [Full Video] GEEF 2018 Opening Session
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World-renowned leaders came together at Yonsei University to voice their support for sustainable development and kick off the Global Engagement & Empowerment Forum on Sustainable Development. Ten speakers highlighted the crucial role of different stakeholders, such as governments, academia, businesses, international organizations and the sports sector, in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals.
[Summary of Keynote Speeches]
Lee Nak-yeon, Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea
Development has led us to great prosperity. However, in the 20th century, we have experienced the negative side of development. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) lay out a vision and challenges that we must take on for the common prosperity of all. Korea has transformed itself from an ODA recipient to an ODA donor country in a short period of time. The Korean government has strived to contribute to the implementation of the SDGs. I pledge that Korea will play a bigger role in meeting the goals going forward by expanding its ODA investments especially for developing countries.
António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations
Building a Stronger UN for the Future We Want
Globalization, together with technological progress, has allowed us to have immense increase in wealth and meaningful improvements in the lives of many people around the world. However, it has also dramatically increased inequality and left us with a number of tough problems to solve, youth unemployment being one of them.
What we need now is a new deal for a fair globalization. For that, we can utilize the Sustainable Development Goals as a blueprint to take full advantage of the benefits of globalization and technological progress, and at the same time, eliminate the setbacks that we have been facing in the last few decades.
For the SDGs to become a reality, we must mobilize the civil society, academia and the private sector for the resources that are needed for the goals to be achieved and applied in the best possible way. When looking into the Sustainable Development Goals, we must also consider challenges that will come our way due to technological progress, including ethical problems and questions of regulation.