Observer Status enables the group to have an avenue through which it can provide collective input into the agenda and work of the UN, particularly on relevant subjects such as sustaining peace and security, improving peacekeeping operations, conflict prevention, Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, and general effective engagement. The group will also benefit from close collaboration with the UN and its organs in its mission to achieve lasting peace and stability.
On 18 December 2019, the UN General Assembly adopted the resolution granting g7+ Observer Status. This is a historical milestone in the journey of the g7+.
The objectives of the g7+ are of the utmost importance to the UN and its mission to maintain international peace and security and promoting sustainable development. It is essential to the UN that the g7+ member states recover fully from conflict, consolidate peace and pursue development.
Fragility unfortunately creates fertile ground for the resumption of conflict and extremist manipulation. The success and stability of the g7+ and its member states will therefore be essential to supporting the UN goals of maintaining international peace and promoting sustainable development.
Furthermore, the g7+ can provide invaluable insight into and share firsthand experiences of how fragile countries can rebuild and recover. These experiences can contribute to a more effective and less costly peacebuilding and statebuilding agenda for the UN.
The goal of pursuing peace, justice and building strong institutions is strongly linked to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are adopted by all UN countries. Member states of the g7+ are very active in leveraging support and establishing partnerships for the implementation of the SDGs.
This is particularly relevant for Goal 16 of the SDGs, which is about promoting peace and inclusivity in society, which will contribute to progress locally and globally. With the g7+ as an observer, the world will be a step closer to peace and stability.
Obtaining Observer Status at the General Assembly will further enhance the opportunities for the Group to achieve its goals. Gaining access to follow and participate in the deliberations of the Assembly will open the door to networks and information to which the group did not previously have access to voice the concern of fragile and conflict-affected states..
In the global fight for peace and stability, the g7+ will prove itself to be a treasured asset and ally to the United Nations.