World Leaders Absent as UK Urges Commitment to UN Goals at Summit
World leaders are being urged to recommit to the United Nations’ sustainable development goals at an upcoming UN summit, as the ambitious targets are at risk of not being met. UK ministers and diplomats will emphasize the importance of these goals during the summit, which will be held in New York. However, notable absences are expected from several world leaders, including UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, French President Emmanuel Macron, China’s Xi Jinping, and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Despite these missing leaders, the discussions at the summit will cover crucial topics such as the war in Ukraine, artificial intelligence, and climate change.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has excused his absence, citing diary pressures as the reason. Instead, he has delegated the responsibility to his deputy, Oliver Dowden, who will lead the UK delegation at the summit. Mr. Dowden will be accompanied by Foreign Secretary James Cleverly, who is set to hold talks with various counterparts from the United States and France during their visit to New York.
The primary focus of the UK delegation will be to emphasize the need for a functioning multilateral system and to call for a renewed effort to achieve the UN’s sustainable development goals by 2030. Additionally, discussions on the ongoing conflict in Ukraine will be prioritized, with Mr. Dowden attending UN Security Council sessions to address the issue. In his address to the general assembly, Mr. Dowden will also emphasize the importance of global cooperation on new technology, particularly artificial intelligence. The UK government aims to establish a significant role for Britain in harnessing and regulating AI, and meetings with top tech companies are scheduled during their visit to the US.
Amid preparations for an AI summit in November, where the UK seeks to play a leading role, Mr. Dowden expressed his commitment to addressing the challenges and opportunities presented by AI. He reiterated the UK’s support in tackling climate change, boosting global economic growth, and preventing future pandemics. However, he warned of Russia’s actions in Ukraine and its impact on the principles of the UN. Mr. Dowden underlined the need for international support for Ukraine and stated that it is in everyone’s interest to swiftly defeat and remove Russia from Ukraine’s sovereign territory.
Foreign Secretary James Cleverly stressed the importance of a functioning multilateral system in addressing the complex global challenges faced by the international community. He acknowledged that the sustainable development goals are currently off-track and called for renewed efforts to accelerate progress towards their achievement by 2030. He also expressed determination in countering Russia’s assumption that it can outlast international support for Ukraine, firmly stating the need to defeat and expel Russia from Ukrainian territory as quickly as possible.
The upcoming UN summit provides an opportunity for world leaders to reaffirm their commitment to sustainable development goals and address pressing global issues. Despite the absence of some prominent leaders, the UK delegation will strive to ensure a productive and fruitful engagement at the summit, advocating for a functioning multilateral system, international cooperation on technology, and the resolution of ongoing conflicts.
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