The UN. In the midst of the shock. In the middle of the galley EN

In the midst of the shock. In the middle of the galley


Psychologists talk about the grieving process and the progressive awareness of a significant loss. When something hits hard in the life of a person, a group or an entire society, one enters a situation of shock. The first phase of reaction to what is happening is DENIAL: in reality what has happened is not so bad; one continues to act as if everything were the same. In the second phase one enters into the RECOGNITION that the event significantly changes one's life and interpretation of things that one had before. In a third moment the clash of internal feelings and the lack of clarity about what to do, leads to a crisis in which THE CRY can become present. From this moment, it is necessary to FACE the new situation from an analysis of reality: WHAT HAS HAPPENED; WHAT TO DO FROM NOW? We must BUILD a new meaning for existence; we must redefine the objectives, forms and goals. If what has caused the SHOCK is really relevant, the creation of a new PARADIGM OF INTERPRETATION OF REALITY that leads to ACTION is imposed.


Listening to the interventions of the president of ECOSOC, the Secretary General and the speakers at the HLPF 2020 (High Level Political Forum) on Agenda 2030, I have the impression that the UN is at the moment of ACCEPTANCE: something catastrophic has happened. The pre-pandemic recovery processes have been disrupted; COVID-19 has absolutely dislocated the world we have built so far. Yes, we have the Agenda 2030 roadmap of Sustainable Development Goals, but is each country ready to react in the line of transformation towards a humanity in solidarity proposed by Agenda 2030? The ambassadors to the UN of the countries involved are open to this. The effective political decision of each government is lacking.


SDG2030. Report 2020

The situation in each area of the world with respect to the COVID-19 shock is different. We cannot talk the same way about Brazil and its president, about Latin America, about Europe and its conflicts towards unity, about Africa in its diversity or about the mysterious North Korea, China or Russia. One cannot take advantage of a pandemic to trample on human rights or to entrench government authoritarianism. We could say that countries are at sea, in the middle of the galley, and are not able to look for the fleet, but only for the ship itself. The UN is proposing a roadmap, but it is itself in the process of a structural review that should lead it to be more effective.


The general lines represented by Agenda 2030 appear as a logbook or "compass rose" in the galley. The parallel seminars to the HLPF offer some truly useful reflections and lessons for the future. We have to wait for the wind to die down and the waves to subside, but we have to start putting order, a new order, in our fleet, not only in our ship.


The need for a world that needs: multilateral global governance; new development that is sustainable and respectful of nature and human beings; solidarity among countries and areas of the world; work for all; education that opens up new horizons; the disappearance of corruption; universal digital development; a new impetus for human rights. We must continue to be attentive to the new paths that are offered to us every day at the HLPF.

Miguel Angel Velasco cmf

 cmfUNteam member

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