The UN celebrates its 73rd anniversary in Guatemala with a nod to development goals

The UN held its 73-year history in Guatemala today with a nod to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and its relationship with the country.

The event was held on Wednesday at the Cultural Center of Spain, located in the historic center of Guatemala, where the Spanish ambassador, Alfonso Portabales, congratulated all the founding States and members of the UN.

The diplomat made special mention of the great challenges included in the SDGs that "must be permanently valued" and added that a good moment for this will also be the XXVI Ibero-American Summit of Heads of State and Government, to be held in November in the Guatemalan city of Antigua.

"I believe that we will arrive, even before 2030, to fulfill the objectives, the ODS, that we have set ourselves," he said.

For its part, the coordinator and representative of the UN in Guatemala, Rebeca Arias, highlighted how the 20 agencies present in the Central American nation work "as a country team" and said that this is a moment of "satisfaction" and "pride", as will the commemoration in December of the 70th anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights.

In his opinion, both 73 years ago and now, it is still very necessary and fundamental to work on the agenda of peace, security, sustainable development and human rights, especially within the framework of the 2030 Agenda, an ambitious framework that seeks welfare of present and future generations in a "healthy world".

This puts an end to hunger, poverty or inequality.

Arias highlighted - in an act in which the international community, ministers, diplomats were present - the relationship between the UN and Guatemala, a "very active" country with which they hope to continue strengthening ties.


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