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Deputy Secretary-General's remarks at the Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development 2022 [as prepared for delivery]

Your Excellency, President Paul Kagame,
Honorable Deputy Prime Ministers and Ministers,
Excellencies,
Ladies and gentlemen,
I am pleased to be with you today for the opening of the Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development.
We are meeting at a crucial time when our ability to achieve the goals we set ourselves in the 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063 hangs in the balance.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought havoc to our societies and economies.
Hunger and poverty are increasing for the first time in a generation.

Source: UN News

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