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Paving the way for a sustainable future: A conversation with UN General Assembly President Dennis Francis

The upcoming Sustainability Week, which spotlights five key sectors from 15 to 19 April, and the #ChooseSustainability campaign, calling on Member States, UN entities, civil society as well as the wider public to pledge actions that make a difference towards a better future.

Mr. Francis sat down with Melissa Fleming, UN Under-Secretary-General for Global Communication, and outlined his plans for the Week as well as his own personal pledge for the #ChooseSustainability campaign.

“Sustainability is important because it has everything to do with the success of our existence on this planet,” he said in the exclusive interview.

Sustainability Week focuses the themes of debt sustainability and socioeconomic equality (15 April), tourism (16 April), transport (17 April), global resilience and infrastructure development (18 April), and sustainable energy (19 April).

The conversation highlights the importance of sustainability and the role each of us can play in creating a sustainable future. It serves as a reminder that sustainability is not just about the environment, but also about economic development and social equity.  

As Mr. Francis said, “there is no conflict. Between achieving economic success and achieving sustainability. there’s absolutely no conflict. It’s been done in some places. It requires commitment. And it requires vision and I think we have both. We have both.”

See the full conversation below. 

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