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Lodhi calls UN not to ignore suffering of peoples living under colonial occupation

New York, October 04 (Online): Pakistan Permanent Representative at UN Dr Maleeha Lodhi has urged the UN not to ignore the dire situation and suffering of peoples living under colonial and foreign occupation while implementing UN’s 2030 development agenda aimed at ending poverty, fighting inequalities and tackling climate change.

She said that “We must pledge to remove the obstacles to the full realization of their right to self-determination, which prevents their economic and social development and their ability to achieve and implement sustainable development goals.”

She further emphasized that the adoption of the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Climate Agreement had renewed faith in multilateralism and development cooperation, with high-level summits showing a shared international vision.

Ambassador Lodhi said that the range of issues included in the 2030 Agenda required recalibration of the entire United Nations development system. Trade was critical for development and there were glaring and inequitable aspects of the international trade regime, she added.

She told the Committee that Pakistan signed the Paris Agreement on the day it opened for signature in April this year. “We have already initiated necessary legal procedures for early ratification.”