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The figures are terrifying: 74 meetings were led by men, while only four times by women.

Slovenian President Nataša Pirc Musar proposed, among other things, during the United Nations session in New York, that women and men take turns presiding over the sessions each year.

Nataša Pirc Musar with the President of Ghana
© X / Natasa Pirc Musar

On Monday, President Nataša Pirc Musar led one of six dialogues between heads of state on digital technologies at UN headquarters in New York as part of the development summit with Kenyan President William Ruto. At the summit, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned of the delay in achieving development goals.

As the president reported in a statement to Slovenian correspondents, 26 speakers participated in the panel on digital technologies, including 16 state presidents. “There have been some very interesting highlights on how technologies can contribute to sustainable development,” he said.

The leaders’ dialogue on the use of science, technology, innovation and data for transformative actions was one of the six dialogues of the development summit, prepared by the president of the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly United Nations, Dennis Francis, with the aim of accelerating the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Dialogues were also held on how to accelerate key transitions to accelerate the achievement of objectives, build resilience, strengthen public institutions, strengthen the multilateral system and mobilize investments.

“There were some interesting highlights on how technologies can contribute to sustainable development.”

Natasha Pirc Musar,
slovenian president

In 2015, UN members set 17 development goals, including the elimination of poverty and hunger. The world is falling behind in achieving its goals, particularly due to the Covid-19 pandemic and various crises, such as the war in Ukraine.

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The development summit opened with a speech by Francis and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who highlighted that achieving the Sustainable Development Goals is crucial for more than half of the world’s underdevelopment, including countries affected by war in Ukraine. “Now is the time to show that we are listening to the people of the world,” Guterres said.

So far, only about 15 percent of the goals have been achieved and Pirc Musar said there was a lot of discussion about how to speed up this process. The world is full of conflict and reform of the United Nations is urgently needed, and climate change is one of the issues under consideration. The president called the slow achievement of the goals a disaster and added that we had to accelerate if the world wanted to limit global warming to, say, 1.5 degrees.

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“The UN is the only multilateral platform we have where we can all discuss these issues together, and maybe small countries sometimes don’t realize that one country means one voice and that the smaller ones come together, the better. Slovenia is one of the “initiators’ proposals to Secretary-General Guterres for a Special Envoy for Water and I presented it at the United Nations Water Conference in March this year. Believe me, water will undoubtedly be a reason for future conflicts,” he stated.

The president met on Monday with Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwo Akufo-Addo, Kazakhstan’s President Kasim-Zhomart Tokaev and United Nations General Assembly President Francis and attended a reception hosted by German Chancellor Olaf. Scholz. .

“The UN is the only multilateral platform we have where we can all talk together about these issues, and maybe we small countries sometimes don’t realize that one country means one voice and that the more small countries join together, better”.

Natasha Pirc Musar

Today she takes part in the general debate of world leaders at the beginning of the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly, where she will speak, among other things, about gender equality, as part of the initiative to have more women presidents of the countries . UNITED NATIONS. Next general meeting.

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“The statistics are terrifying, since 74 meetings were chaired by men and only four times by women. The idea is to alternate every year between women and men in this position,” she said, adding that Francisco told her to be brave. Even more.

He will also talk about artificial intelligence and the fight against misinformation. “It is an evil that is causing great damage to democracies around the world. The UN is an ideal platform for us to come together and create an app that detects disinformation. I talked about it with the presidents of Kazakhstan and Ghana,” she said. .

In his speech he will also highlight the problem of climate change. “Even the arrests in our country indicate that we must wake up. “I am going to attend the UN climate conference COP28 in December, and we also talked a lot about it with the Austrian president, Alexander Van der Bellen, and on Wednesday we will have a trilateral meeting with the COP28 president, Sultan al Idiots,” he said. .

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