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Foreign minister tells UN official of government's 'full commitment' to global goals

Alfred Bosch meets with chief of UN's Global Campaign Center, expressing concern over what can be done for the planet

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17 July 2019 11:57 AM

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ACN | Barcelona

Foreign action minister Alfred Bosch's second day in New York, on Wednesday, saw him meeting with the head of the UN's Global Campaign Center in charge of its Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

Bosch explained to Marina Ponti the government's "full commitment" to the goals as part of the UN's Agenda 2030, which sets objectives for such things as eradicating poverty and implementing human rights around the world. 

"We are very concerned about what we can do for the planet, and not only to stop damaging it, but to improve it," said Bosch.

Joining the minister in the meeting was the Catalan government delegate to the US, Victòria Alsina, and Isidre Sala, the director general of the government's foreign promotion agency, Afers Globals.

  • "We are very concerned about what we can do for the planet, and not only to stop damaging it, but to improve it"

    Alfred Bosch · Catalan foreign minister

Bosch added that the aim of Agenda 2030 is "making a more sustainable planet, and achieving a better society, with less poverty, decent jobs, equality between men and women, and fully-free democratic institutions."

Bosch, who is New York to attend a major forum being hosted by the UN on its global sustainable development goals, on Tuesday addressed a meeting of cities and local governments, and one of stateless nations.

In his speeches, the minister referred to the political conflict between Catalonia and Spain, calling for "dialogue and a democratic solution," which he argued "would also be a contribution to world peace, to Agenda 2030."

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  • The Catalan foreign minister, Alfred Bosch, during his trip to the United States on July 17, 2019 (by Jordi Pujolar)

  • The Catalan foreign minister, Alfred Bosch, during his trip to the United States on July 17, 2019 (by Jordi Pujolar)

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