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Ambassador Peter Thomson

Ambassador Peter Thomson

President-elect of the United Nations General Assembly, Ambassador Peter Thomson has signaled that unlocking finance for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a key challenge of our times.

At a meeting convened by UN Women and UN Environment in New York, Ambassador Thomson – currently Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the UN – said it was not enough to just wish there were adequate sums of public finance.

“Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals will not be possible without adequate financing. We have to be creative in mobilizing finance from every possible source and ambitious in exploring how to work together in aligning our global financial system with sustainable development,” he said.

He added that the stakes were high and that the transition to a sustainable low-carbon green economy was required in order to realign the world’s financial system to make it an enabler of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

The meeting’s co-host, the UN Environment Programme’s Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System – which works to advance systematic action to align the financial system with sustainable development – provided the President-elect with a briefing on progress being made to meet the multi-trillion dollar demand for investment.

“UN Women is deeply committed to addressing the gender gap in access to finance in order to ensure that new financial solutions benefit women and men equally,” said Yannick Glemarec, Assistant Secretary General, Deputy Executive Director of UN Women and co-chair of the meeting.


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