High-Level Group in support of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda letter to incoming Secretary-General of the United Nations His Excellency Mr António Guterres.
It gives us great pleasure to extend to you our warm congratulations on your election as Secretary-General of the United Nations. Dag Hammarskjöld called it “the most difficult job in the world”. We are convinced that, with your professional skills and human qualities, you will excel at this noble task.
The adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in September 2015 was a critical milestone for the world and our planet. The goals we committed to can only be achieved through a strong global partnership. In this spirit, our countries came together in an informal High-Level Group last year to help maintaining political support at the highest level for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
As a group, we are committed to lead by example and to do our part. We have already started to carry out concrete actions domestically. We are also engaged with the leaders of other countries by sharing experiences and learning from each other. We are determined to continue these activities next year and beyond.
The universal implementation of the Agenda also requires a strong, effective and relevant United Nations system in its three pillars: development, human rights and peace and security. We, therefore, ask you to make the effective and universal implementation of the Agenda 2030 a top priority in your tenure at the helm of the Organization. We stand ready to work closely with you in this collective endeavor.
Please accept, Excellency, the assurances of our highest consideration.
Members of the High-Level Group in support of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda:
President Michel Temer, Brazil
President Juan Manuel Santos, Colombia
Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, Germany
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberia
President Jacob Zuma, South Africa
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, Sweden
President John Magufuli, Tanzania
Prime Minister Rui Maria de Araújo, Timor-Leste
President Béji Caïd Essebsi, Tunisia