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Terrorist groups must not be allowed to exploit ‘fragilities’ caused by global health pandemic – UN warns, as High Level Meeting on SDGs implementation opens in New York

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Conference to address reducing inequality, by making economies more sustainable and just; and committing to “rapid and sustained” carbon dioxide reductions. The first theme is described as a key strategy to reduce global poverty. Progress towards reduction has slowed in recent years, and it is projected that in 2020 alone, the pandemic could lead to up to 49 million people falling into poverty. “Like the virus, terrorism does not respect national borders. “It affects all nations and can only be defeated collectively” – Guterres We must stay vigilant as terrorists are using innovative tactics and tools to exploit vulnerabilities and conditions conducive to terrorism, many of which have been exacerbated by the pandemic.” SDGs are more important than ever, to “guide our recovery efforts and make our countries and communities more inclusive, equal and resilient” –UN Decade of Action – Focus on inequality and climate change As the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) the core UN platform for follow up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development The event includes a three-day ministerial meeting 14 July, to 16 July in which participants will debate where the world stands on the SDGs in light of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and reflect on how the international community can accelerate progress over the coming decade. Guterres, in a statement warned that each of the Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, is being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. As COVID-19 continues to disrupt the world’s health systems, economies and local communities, the UN Secretary-General on Monday highlighted how the pandemic has laid bare vulnerabilities to “new and emerging forms of terrorism”, such as cyber-attacks, bioterrorism and the misuse of digital technology. While the coronavirus has put the international community in the crosshairs of a crisis like no other since the founding of the United Nations 75 years ago, António Guterres noted that “like the virus, terrorism does not respect national borders”. “It affects all nations and can only be defeated collectively”, he said, opening the second annual gathering of UN and international experts known as  Counter-terrorism week held virtually this year, with a call to “harness the power of multilateralism to find practical solutions”. Acknowledging that it is “too early to fully assess the implications of COVID-19 on the terrorism landscape” the UN chief told the first of series of virtual interactive discussions on strategic and practical challenges of…

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