The UN General Assembly/Photo The Africa Platform 2014

The UN General Assembly/Photo The Africa Platform 2014

 

 What your President/Government Said on Post 2015 During the UN General Assembly 2014

 Some Presidents understood the agenda ad had a lot to say.
Some said little, but critical things were mentioned.
Some thought this is an MDG meeting and spoke about the same things we spoke about 15 years ago.
And yet some, the MDG+ advocates, simply want more of what we have already had.

Consider what you will tell your President, now that you know how much they know and value the Post 2015 agenda.

 

Country/Representative /Post Held Comments
24TH SEPTEMBER
Mr. Ban Ki-moonSecretary-General of the United Nations At the end of 2014, he would present a synthesis report that would set the stage as Member States began their negotiations for the post-2015 agenda
His Excellency Sam KutesaPresident of the 69th Session of the General Assembly The international community had to intensify efforts to accelerate progress, and the eradication of poverty and hunger should be at the core of the new post-2015 development agendaEnsuring adequate means for implementing that agenda was the greatest responsibility facing the international community, and that was why he made the theme of this year’s General Assembly, “Delivering on and Implementing a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda”.
ChileHer Excellency Michelle Bachelet JeriaPresident The post-2015 development agenda was a great opportunity to tackle social and development issues through specific and measurable goals, she said
Republic of KoreaHer Excellency Park Geun-hye,President As the post-2015 development goals were being set, the Republic of Korea, she went on, was ready to play a bridging role between developed and developing countries
FinlandHis Excellency Sauli Niinistö,President with the post-2015 agenda nearing, it must aspire to a new kind of global commitment that met the needs of planet Earth; “all resources and means should be mobilized” to meet those pledges.
NigeriaHis Excellency Goodluck Ebele Jonathan,President stressed that the post-2015 agenda requires collective ownership and should meet the aspirations of developing countries.
ArmeniaHis Excellency Serzh Sargsyan,President affirming his country’s support for the initiatives of the President of the General Assembly and the effective shaping of a post-2015 agenda, called attention to the upcoming April 2015 centennial of the Armenian genocide, asserting that inadequate condemnation of the event had paved the way for future crimes of mass murder
KenyaHis Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta,President and Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Forces urging that the post-2015 development agenda address the cross-section of social, economic and environmental challenges, and be universal, comprehensive and responsive to all nationsequallyWithout an effective buffer, Kenya and other countries would find it difficult to entrench democracy and the post-2015 development agenda.

For the post-2015 development agenda to be transformative, it must first embrace the primacy of developing countries.

MontenegroHis Excellency Filip VujanovićPresident The post-2015 development agenda must be based on respect for those rights to ensure that, in development processes, no one was neglected.  Poverty eradication and sustainable prosperity for the benefit of all people and the planet must be the overarching objective in the design of the next agenda.
South AfricaHis Excellency Jacob ZumaPresident The post-2015 agenda must carry forward the “unfinished business of the [Millennium Development Goals]”
SwitzerlandHis Excellency Didier BurkhalterPresident The post-2015 process was a unique opportunity to transform the world’s challenges into opportunities, however, certain crises could not await the outcome of discussions.
EstoniaHis Excellency Toomas Hendrik IlvesPresident The post-2015 development agenda should recognize the importance of new technologies and e-services as a contribution to the security and prosperity of the world.  However, cyber security was essential both to protecting rights and to economic prosperity.
Sri LankaHis Excellency Mahinda RajapaksaPresident The post-2015 agenda must focus on implementation, ensuring that the failure of the developed countries to fulfil Millennium Goal 8 for a global partnership would not be repeated.
DenmarkHer Excellency Helle Thorning-SchmidtPrime Minister urgency in addressing reaching global consensus on the post-2015 development agenda.he post-2015 agenda was also of critical importance in the effort could “wipe poverty off the face of the earth”.  That was not based on wishful thinking, but was within our reach, she said.
ChadHis Excellency Idriss Déby ItnoPresident Setbacks were also due to the many global crises that arose, such as the financial, food, environmental and security crises.Unfortunately, on the eve of the important post-2015 meeting, the same security risks remained, he said
25TH SEPTEMBER
NigerHis Excellency Mahamadou IssoufouPresident The post-2015 agenda would be dominated by the three Ds: defence, democracy and development, he saidThe fight against inequality must be made a priority and placed at the centre of the post-2015 development agenda, he said.
CroatiaHis Excellency Ivo JosipovićPresident on climate change, his Government was hopeful that a global agreement would be reached, as that pressing issue remained one of the “main pillars” of the post-2015 development agenda
Brunei DarussalamHis Majesty Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah,Sultan and Yang Di Pertuan On the post-2015 development agenda, he welcomed the future direction emphasizing the importance of human development, one which was inclusive, people-centred and sustainableCiting unanimous conviction on the importance of protecting the environment, he welcomed the convening of the United Nations Climate Summit in galvanizing support to address the impact of climate change and ensuring a transformative post-2015 development agenda.
PeruHis Excellency Ollanta Humala TassoPresident the sustainable development goals of the post-2015 development agenda deserved strong support and adequate and timely resources. The adoption next year of the post-2015 development framework should lead to the establishment of a global partnership for sustainable development as well as participatory monitoring and accountability mechanisms to ensure appropriate follow-up.
EthiopiaHis Excellency Hailemariam DessalegnPrime Minister Noting that Ethiopia would host the Third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa in July 2015, he said the effectiveness of the post-2015 agenda depended, among other things, on the success of the ConferenceDelivering on and implementing a transformative post-2015 development agenda required a peaceful and stable global environment
KuwaitHis Highness Sheikh Jaber Al-mubarak Al-hamad Al SabahPrime Minister praising the Millennium Development Goals for their “outstanding role” in improving the lives of millions, he said he looked forward to a “comprehensive and ambitious” post-2015 development plan
AustraliaHis Excellency Tony AbbottPrime Minister the post-2015 development agenda should also focus on economic growth as it eased social challenges and that of climate change, among others
GambiaHis Excellency Al Hadji Yahya JammehPresident The themes of this year’s General Assembly were thus timely, and gave impetus to further the international agenda post-2015
PolandHis Excellency Bronisław KomorowskiPresident The rule of law and universal fundamental rights were vital to development and should be included in the post-2015 agenda.
LatviaHis Excellency Andris BērziņšPresident The post-2015 agenda must be consistent with all human rights and be underpinned by the rule of law.  It should address inequalities and discrimination, including through information and communication technologies, as those could be key enablers of development
GabonHis Excellency Ali Bongo OndimbaPresident Concerning a post-2015 development agenda, he said African priorities, including extreme poverty eradication, agriculture, protection of the environment and other important issues, enjoyed pride of placeGabon wished to move to an economy of industry and services, and it wished to improve the yield of its educational system.  It was best to anticipate the leap into the post-2015 development agenda, and such aims were a step in that direction.  To lay solid foundations for the agenda, it was necessary to tailor a country’s economic situation.
PanamaHis Excellency Juan Carlos Varela RodríguezPresident  he stressed Panama’s role as a bridge to attain understanding, stating, “We live in a diverse world with different cultures, religions and political systems, but we can always find common ground in the well-being of our citizens.”  That had been the formula for approval of the Millennium Development Goals, and would be key to fulfilling the post-2015 development agenda.
Democratic Republic of the Congo/His Excellency Joseph Kabila Kabange-President Any impediments to implementing the post-2015 development agenda could be handled as long as there was political will and resolve to do so.
BulgariaHis Excellency Rossen PlevnelievPresident As we enter the critical phase of the post-2015 development debate, it was crucial that all sides remain committed to an “ambitious and forward-looking framework”, he said.  A transformative agenda would only be possible if we address the loopholes of the current Millennium Development Goals and build upon lessons learned.  The new goals should be founded on the principles of respect for human rights, good governance and the rule of law.  Youth-related targets on education, health and employment were also important.
AlbaniaHis Excellency Bujar NishaniPresident There had nevertheless been successes towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals, and Albania had been an active participant in formulating the post-2015 development agenda, agreeing to test a proposed goal on governance and rule of law.
MalawiHis Excellency Arthur Peter MutharikaPresident Turning to the post-2015 development agenda, he was pleased that Malawi had been among those selected for national consultations.  His country was on track to achieving just four of the eight Millennium Development Goals and thus would proceed to the post-2015 era with unfinished business.He added that the post-2015 development agenda should allow for some flexibility in implementation and should focus on the plight of disadvantaged groups, such as women, girls and persons with disabilities.
TanzaniaHis Excellency Jakaya Mrisho KikwetePresident said the unmet targets of the Millennium Development Goals should be factored into the post-2015 development agenda, while implementation of existing goals had to be sped up in the remaining days.
CanadaHis Excellency Stephen HarperPrime Minister Looking beyond the post-2015 development agenda, maternal, newborn and child health must once again become a top priority.
CameroonHis Excellency Pierre Moukoko MbonjoMinister for Foreign Affairs the post-2015 development agenda must not be viewed as an exogenous process, but as one that expressed the needs of target populations.  That was the common position of the African countries. 
26TH SEPTEMBER
NamibiaHis Excellency Hifikepunye PohambaPresident The enduring values and principles of the United Nations Charter should guide the international community, as should the theme of the sixty-ninth session, “Delivering on and Implementing a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda”.
GuyanaHis Excellency Donald Rabindranauth Ramotar,President  it was imperative that the post-2015 framework include a time-bound commitment for delivery of ODA to which commitments had already been made.
Côte d’IvoireHis Excellency Alassane OuattaraPresident that intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda must be inclusive and balanced
El Salvador/His Excellency Salvador Sánchez CerénPresident  the international community must help overcome the crisis generated by the increased flow of unaccompanied migrant children traveling to the United States, emphasizing that the Assembly must assume a more prominent role on the issue of migration, including it in the post-2015 development agenda
CongoHis Excellency Denis Sassou NguessoPresident To meet those challenges, African leaders had adopted a joint position on the post-2015 development agenda.
SamoaHis Excellency Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi,Prime Minister “We may be small and invisible, but a united SIDS is strong,” he declared, underscoring that implementation of the Samoa Pathway must be solidly entrenched in the post-2015 development agenda.
LuxembourgHis Excellency Xavier BettelPrime Minister As for a transformative post-2015 development agenda, he highlighted the session’s theme and said the new framework must be bold and ambitious if it was to live up to its collective responsibility to eradicate poverty and promote sustainable development.  It must also build on the Millennium Development Goals and go further.  The agenda, he continued, must be holistic, action-oriented, universally applicable, benefitting both developing and developed countries, and human-rights-based.  Emphasis on the social sectors, including health and education, must include issues of governance, justice, peace, security, environmental protection, sustainable consumption and production patterns, as well as sustained economic growth.
Trinidad and TobagoHer Excellency Kamla Persad-BissessarPrime Minister At the Rio+20 Conference in 2012, her country had agreed on many of the foundation elements of the post-2015 development agenda, she said.  Those included the Secretary-General’s Global Sustainability Report, the sustainable development goals, the Report of the Intergovernmental Committee on Sustainable Development Financing, and outcomes of the structured dialogues on a specialized technology mechanism and the 10-year framework of programmes for sustainable development.
UzbekistanHis Excellency Abdulaziz KamilovMinister for Foreign Affairs Uzbekistan looked forward to achieving the post-2015 development goals ahead of schedule as well. 
ZambiaHis Excellency Harry Kalaba,Minister for Foreign Affairs He said his country supported ongoing discussions related to the post-2015 development agenda, notably those relating to population and development, labour, and climate change.
GuatemalaHis Excellency Carlos Raúl MoralesMinister for Foreign Affairs The shaping of the post-2015 agenda must embrace inclusive and sustainable development goals that promoted justice for all, he said.
SudanHis Excellency Ali Ahmed KartiMinister for Foreign Affairs Noting support for the post-2015 development agenda, he pointed to the unanimous agreement on ideas for international partnerships to end poverty and suffering, which were part of the Millennium Declaration.  Achievements had fallen short, with some development partners taking actions that ran counter to the Declaration.
27TH SEPTEMBER
TongaHis Majesty King Tupou VIKing  in order to guarantee a harmonious implementation of the post-2015 development agenda, each country should take primary responsibility for its own economic growth, social development and environmental sustainability.  However, that could only be fully realized with the active engagement of all relevant stakeholders through genuine and durable partnerships.  In that regard, he looked forward to working with the international community towards adopting the post-2015 development agenda.
MaliHis Excellency Ibrahim Boubacar KeitaPresident  The “future we want” was feasible, but the international community faced a critical task of formulating the post-2015 development agenda.  The current session’s theme, “Delivering on and Implementing a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda”, integrated all components of the Millennium Development Goals and sustainable development goals.  Eliminating extreme poverty by 2030 should be a priority in the new development framework.  In that regard, he urged the international community to carefully and diligently review and support the African Common Position.
BurundiHis Excellency Prosper BazombanzaVice-President Continued reform must be pursued, especially in areas that had led to unprecedented progress.  That approach would help to define the objectives for the post-2015 development agenda
BangladeshHer Excellency Sheikh HasinaPrime Minister Implementation of the Millennium Development Goals had been “uneven” and “unequal” among countries and regions, she said, noting that the eradication of poverty must remain at the centre of the post-2015 development agenda.There was untapped potential in the “blue economy”, which would allow coastal and small island developing States to benefit through utilization of marine ecosystems and resources, and her country, therefore, supported its incorporation into the post-2015 framework.
TuvaluHis Excellency Enele Sosene SopogaPrime Minister There was a lot of talk within the United Nations about creating a post-2015 development agenda, he observed, stressing that diverse circumstances and needs of the United Nations membership should be taken into account in its development.
GermanyHis Excellency Frank-Walter SteinmeierMinister for Foreign Affairs Turning to other issues, he said that the international community also had to tackle the “huge tasks” of the twenty-first century, namely the fight against climate change, privacy in the digital age, and the post-2015 development agenda.
ChinaHis Excellency Wang YiMinister for Foreign Affairs The post-2015 development agenda should have three goals, including a focus on poverty eradication, promoting inclusiveness, and ensuring implementation.
San MarinoHis Excellency Pasquale ValentiniMinister for Foreign and Political Affairs On both the Millennium Development Goals and the post-2015 development agenda, he said it was critical for all States to recognize the importance of the “family unit” in building a culture of inclusion for that was where primary relationships were developed.
United Arab EmiratesHis Highness Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan,Minister for Foreign Affairs On the post-2015 development agenda, he supported sustainable energy for all, and, among other things, gender equality and women’s empowerment.
AustriaHis Excellency Sebastian KurzFederal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs Turning to the post-2015 development goals, he noted that Vienna was fully behind the new agenda.  However, it must be ensured that respect for human rights and the rule of law received adequate attention
Viet NamHis Excellency Pham Binh Minh,Deputy Prime Minister Calling for completion of the Millennium Development Goals by their target date, he said the post-2015 development agenda should add momentum to sustainable development in each country and encourage economic linkages.
Democratic People’s Republic of KoreaHis Excellency Ri Su YongMinister for Foreign Affairs he said that the post-2015 development agenda should focus on creating a favourable environment for attaining a common sustainable socioeconomic development for humankind, while consolidating successes of the Millennium Goals.
AlgeriaHis Excellency Ramtane LamamraMinister for Foreign Affairs said the Non-Aligned Movement had reaffirmed the right to development and the need to eradicate poverty, which were central to the post-2015 development agenda.
MozambiqueHis Excellency Oldemiro Marques Balói,Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation   A transformative post-2015 development agenda should include strengthening financing mechanisms, concomitant with raising domestic financing.A transformative development agenda should also reflect Africa’s priorities as expressed in its common position on the post-2015 development agenda.
JamaicaHis Excellency Arnold Nicholson,Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Within the context of the post-2015 development agenda, concerns related to the integration of those island States into the multilateral trading system, participation in the global financial system, and resilience to natural hazards had to be addressed.
AfghanistanHis Excellency Zarar Ahmad OsmaniMinister for Foreign Affairs Afghanistan was committed to achieving most of the Goals by 2020 and considered the post-2015 agenda its top priority.
29TH SEPTEMBER
Burkina FasoHis Excellency Djibrill Ypènè BassoléMinister for Foreign Affairs The post-2015 development agenda should be realistic and build upon the lessons learned to ensure a “balanced and comprehensive” framework.
CambodiaHis Excellency Hor Namhong,Deputy Prime Minister  The post-2015 development agenda should be realistic and build upon the lessons learned to ensure a “balanced and comprehensive” framework.
SingaporeHis Excellency K. ShanmugamMinister for Foreign Affairs Turning to the post-2015 development agenda, he commended the Open Working Group and said he looked forward to the Secretary-General’s report on that Group’s recommendations.As Co-Chair of the preparatory committee for the recent conference in Samoa on small island developing States, he emphasized that it was important that the views of small States were factored into the post-2015 development agenda, he said.  The Millennium Development Goals had been successful, due to the framework’s pragmatic, outcome-based and quantifiable approach.  That method should be continued for the post-2015 development agenda.  Furthermore, any Millennium Development Goals not yet achieved should be prioritized in the post-2015 framework.
MonacoHis Excellency José Badia,Minister for External Relations In defining the post-2015 development agenda, all States must contribute, as must all other stakeholders: the private sector, universities, philanthropic organizations and non-governmental organizations.  The agenda must be inclusive, participatory and based on good governance.  At a time when the world was ever more interdependent, inequalities continued to grow and too many were marginalized.The new paradigm for post-2015 development must accommodate a growing population and its accompanying urbanization.
LiberiaHis Excellency Augustine Kpehe NgafuanMinister for Foreign Affairs The Common African Position was anchored on six development pillars, including economic growth, science and technology and environmental sustainability.  It represented Africa’s vision for the continent’s future.  He hoped that the substance of those pillars would form an integral part of the post-2015 development agenda.
LesothoHis Excellency Mohlabi Kenneth TsekoaMinister for Foreign Affairs The post-2015 development agenda must emphasize national ownership and respect national conditions.
SeychellesHis Excellency Jean-Paul AdamMinister for Foreign Affairs In the context of the post-2015 development agenda, he said his country took pride in having achieved the majority of the Millennium Development Goals and was motivated to ensure that the remaining challenges were addressed by 2015.  Although progress was essential for small island developing States, the current development framework was not favourable to that group, he said, noting that the gains were still measured through GDP per capita metrics, which did not sufficiently identify threats to human development or the opportunities that may exist for those small island nations
Saint Kitts and NevisHis Excellency Patrice Nisbett,Minister for Foreign Affairs With his country and the region wrestling with a high incidence of non-communicable diseases, he was pleased to see them included in the post-2015 development agenda.
TogoHis Excellency Robert DusseyMinister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation .  His Government was determined to continue and scale up the efforts within the framework of the post-2015 agenda, with a commitment to reducing poverty.
Sao Tome and PrincipeHis Excellency Gabriel Arcanjo Ferreira Da CostaPrime Minister He called for Taiwan’s extended participation in United Nations platforms, including those that concerned climate change and the post-2015 development agenda.
SwazilandHis Excellency Barnabas Sibusiso DlaminiPrime Minister of the Kingdom  The theme of the 2014 General Assembly, “Delivering on and Implementing a Transformative Post-2014 Development Agenda”, resonated well with his Government’s call for an inclusive development programme, he commented.
Guinea – BissauHis Excellency Domingos Simões Pereira

Prime Minister

 He stressed that the post-2015 development agenda must be based on the objective realities of world peoples, and must draw its inspiration from the lessons of the Millennium Development Goals.
VanuatuHis Excellency Joe Natuman

Prime Minister

The United Nations should accept the views of the Commonwealth Heads of Governments as additional input in the post-2015 development agenda.Noting that concerns for vulnerability, sustainable development, fisheries, job creation and human rights, among others, were reflected in the Samoa Pathway document, he urged that it be integrated into a transformative post-2015 development agenda, and that gaps in the implementation of Barbados Programme of Action be closed.
LiechtensteinHer Excellency Aurelia FrickMinister for Foreign Affairs  a system should be established to monitor progress in implementing the post-2015 agenda involving all stakeholders.  The high-level political forum would be the best anchor for such a system.
KyrgyzstanHis Excellency Erlan AbdyldayevMinister for Foreign Affairs The issue of affordable energy should be reflected in the post-2015 agenda
IcelandHis Excellency Gunnar Bragi SveinssonMinister for Foreign Affairs On the post-2015 agenda, he highlighted the importance of resolving ocean-related issues and desertification, land degradation and drought, in order to ensure food security. In that regard, his country had shared its knowledge through the United Nations University’s Fisheries Training Programme in Iceland, and had actively contributed to efforts to achieve a land degradation-neutral world through the Group of Friends in New York and the United Nations University’s Land Restoration Training Programme in Iceland.
BotswanaHis Excellency Phandu Skelemani,Minister for Foreign Affairs  Botswana would also participate in the elaboration of the post-2015 development agenda, wherein the challenges faced by landlocked developing countries, such as his own, should be made a primary consideration.
MyanmarHis Excellency Wunna Maung LwinMinister for Foreign Affairs Eradication of extreme poverty and delivering sustainable and inclusive development must remain the central objective of the post-2015 development agenda, while finding effective means of implementation, including mobilizing financial and technological support to ensure success of the agenda and of sustainable development goals.
30TH SEPTEMBER
BelarusHis Excellency Vladimir MakeiMinister for Foreign Affairs Speaking on the post-2015 development agenda, he said the document must include many other areas, particularly the fight against human trafficking, and the strengthening of the traditional family.  The agenda should be realized through thematic and effective global partnerships among States, international organizations, civil society and the private sector.  A “powerful and responsible State” must remain the central pillar among all other partners, he added.
BelizeHis Excellency Wilfred ElringtonAttorney General, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade However, without cooperation and support from developed Member States, multilateral agencies and reformed policies of the international financial institutions, his country’s efforts to attain the post-2015 development agenda would be stymied.
BarbadosHer Excellency Maxine Pamela Ometa McClean,Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade said that in design, delivery and implementation, the post-2015 development agenda must address the unique vulnerabilities and challenges of small island developing States.  It must also make provisions for middle-income countries, which were often overlooked on the presumption that, by virtue of their GDP per capita, they did not require international assistance.  That measure could not be the sole defining criteria for accessing concessionary financing.  The social, economic and environmental vulnerability of countries such as hers must also be taken into account.
NicaraguaHis Excellency Samuel Santos LópezMinister for Foreign Affairs

 

 

 

 

 

Bhutan

His Excellency Lyonpo Rinzin Dorje

Minister for Foreign Affairs

 said that the negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda should begin with the central concern of not having achieved the Millennium Development Goals in all developing countries.  The future agenda should promote sustained economic growth and inclusive, participatory social development, environmental protection and human dignity.  At the same time, it should allow for sufficient flexibility in responding to the needs, priorities and particularities of each country and region, bearing in mind the non-existence of a single model for development.
Strong partnerships were essential to delivering the post-2015 agenda.
Saint LuciaHis Excellency Alva Romanus Baptiste,Minister for External Affairs, International Trade and Civil Aviation Turning to the current session’s theme, “Delivering on and Implementing a Transformative post-2015 Development Agenda,” he said two issues of paramount importance to his country were reparations for slavery and the recent conclusions of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS).  The case for reparations should be elaborated upon beyond the relationship between Caribbean nations and relevant European Governments.  There was a need to determine a clear and effective strategy for SIDS by which they could translate the Conference’s outcome document, the Samoa Pathway, into concrete results.  Saint Lucia stood for freedom, democracy, non-discrimination, sustainable development, poverty eradication and special and differential treatment for those States.
Papua New GuineaHis Excellency Rimbink Pato,Minister for Foreign Affairs, Trade and Immigration The imminent deadline of the Millennium Development Goals, and the transition to the post-2015 development agenda, was a crossroads for the international community.
BeninHis Excellency Jean-Francis Régis Zinsou,Permanent Representative The post-2015 development agenda must take into account the past 15 years of implementing the Millennium Development Goals and must place extreme poverty eradication and inclusive economic growth at its centre.  No one should be left behind.
MauritiusHis Excellency Milan Jaya Nyamrajsingh MeetarbhanPermanent Representative 2015 would be a crucial year for the United Nations and the international community in the effort to adopt a post-2015 development agenda, with sustainable development goals.
ParaguayHis Excellency José Antonio Dos SantosPermanent Representative  advocating for a people-centred post-2015 development agenda.he post-2015 agenda should lead to real development and prosperity.
Cabo VerdeHis Excellency Jorge Alberto Silva BorgesMinister for Foreign Affairs The post-2015 agenda must be people-centred and aimed at eradicating extreme poverty and reducing inequalities among nations.  It should take into account lessons learned from other internationally agreed goals and accelerate the development process.

 

Final Day-Closing Remarks

Country/Representative /Post Held Comments
OmanYousef Bin Al-Alawi Bin AbdullaMinister of State for Foreign Affairs
  • Shared their countries’ progress towards realizing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs),
  • a way to avoid extremism and violence is to consolidate good governance and sustainable development, especially for youth
  • Noted the connections among climate change, energy consumption, food security and water resources,

 

Solomon IslandsCollin BeckPermanent Representative
  • Shared their countries’ progress towards realizing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs),
  • Health is a precondition for sustainable development.
  • Requested upgrading its UN Development Programme highlighted its efforts on gender equality, including a review on its implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action (BPOA). (UNDP) sub-office to country office status.
  • Said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s post-2015 synthesis report should structure the negotiations.

 

Cape VerdeJorge Alberto Silva BorgesMinister for Foreign Affairs
  • Shared their countries’ progress towards realizing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs),
  • Expressed appreciation for the proposed SDG on climate change.
  • Development financing must be based on criteria underlying real needs and vulnerabilities
  • Hoped the Conference will agree on clear commitments and redefinition of criteria for allocating financial resources for development
  • Underscored SIDS’ particular vulnerability, with several describing climate change as an issue of survival.

 

BelizeWilfred Elrington,Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade
  • The MDG experience has made them less than optimistic that we will be more successful in achieving the post-2015 development agenda
Saint LuciaAlva Romanus BaptisteMinister for External Affairs, International Trade and Civil Aviation
  • Welcomed the development bank established by Brazil, the Russian Federation, India, China and South Africa (the BRICS), which he said would assist countries to achieve the MDGs
  • Recommended MOI to support SIDS’ regional and national development efforts
Papua New GuineaRimbinkPato,Minister for Foreign Affairs, Trade and Immigration
  • Tailored the MDGs to its national priorities with 88 indicators connected to its national development plan
  • It is developing a National Statistics Development Strategy as a road map for PNG to improve and update its statistical information collection for decision-making
  • Underscored SIDS’ particular vulnerability, with several describing climate change as an issue of survival.
  • Supported addressing gender equality and women’s empowerment, describing it as a cornerstone of sustainable development.
  • Appreciated the inclusion of stand-alone SDGs on oceans and seas, sustainable energy and climate change
  • Recommended genuine and durable partnerships with SIDS
NicaraguaSamuel Santos LópezMinister for Foreign Affairs
  • Described the post-2015 agenda as “ a new opportunity to strive for a just world order”
  • Post-2015 agenda should be developed on the basis of the OWG and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) process.
MauritiusMilan Jaya NyamrajsinghMeettarbhanPermanent Representative
  • OWG, Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICESDF) and options for a technology facilitation mechanism should contribute to post-2015 preparations and be included in Ban’s report. PNG recommended including the ICESDF’s recommendations.
  • Emphasized sustainable agriculture and the need to address growing energy, food and water demands, both for sustainable development and for peace and security
  • Recommended including disaster risk reduction (DRR) in the post-2015 agenda.
  • Underscored SIDS’ particular vulnerability, with several describing climate change as an issue of survival.
  • Supported addressing gender equality and women’s empowerment, describing it as a cornerstone of sustainable development.
  • Described the importance of oceans for SIDS, and called for adopting a global oceans strategy as an operational counterpart to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) to provide a framework for sustainable development of ocean-related economic activities
  • Recommended a flexible, universal accountability framework that considers different capacities and responsibilities.
  • Supported SIDS-SIDS partnerships
SurinameWinston LackinMinister for Foreign Affairs
  • MIC classification has prevented it from accessing concessional financing, calling the experience “a punishment for doing well.”
  • Recommended adapting classification approaches to support sustainable development
  • Supported addressing gender equality and women’s empowerment, describing it as a cornerstone of sustainable development
MaldivesMohamed WaheedFormer President and Special Envoy of the President
  • Described its zero-tolerance policy towards violence against women
  • Underscored SIDS’ particular vulnerability, with several describing climate change as an issue of survival.

 

BhutanLyonpoRinzinDorjeMinister for Foreign Affairs
  • Called the POST-2015 agenda as “an opportune moment to define a new era in international development and cooperation.”
  • Shared lessons from his country’s development, suggesting some principles may be relevant for the post-2015 agenda recommended,inter alia: development guided by a clear, “homegrown” vision; good governance to pursue development and peace; prioritizing poverty eradication; strong partnerships based on trust and mutual respect; and environmental protection.

 

BarbadosMaxine Pamela OmetaMcCleanMinister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade
  • The Open Working Group OWG) on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) must form the basis for the post-2015 agenda.
  • Said MOI must encompass more than financing, and should include durable partnerships to facilitate provision of adequate financial and other resources, fair trade and market access, and technology transfer and capacity building, particularly on data collection and statistical analysis.
  • Highlighted the special situation of countries that are both SIDS and highly-indebted Middle Income Countries (MICs), saying MICs are overlooked on the presumption that they do not require international assistance because of their GDP per capita
  • Opposed GDP per capita as the criterion for accessing concessionary financing and urged taking into account country’s economic, environmental and social vulnerabilities
  • Urged addressing MICs’ needs in the post-2015 agenda and outcome of the FfD Conference.
  • Described peace and security as enablers and indicators of sustainable development.
  • Underscored SIDS’ particular vulnerability, with several describing climate change as an issue of survival.

 

 

ParaguayJosé Antonio dos SantosPermanent Representative
  • Appealed for a better distribution of international financial resources in the post-2015 agenda to help poorer countries.

 

EcuadorLeonardo ArizagaDeputy Foreign Minister
  • Said richer countries should help poorer countries achieve the post-2015 agenda and tackle climate change, emphasizing that developing countries’ abilities to achieve the SDGs will depend on the provision of resources by developed countries.
BelarusVladimir MakeiMinister for Foreign Affairs
  • Emphasized partnerships.
  • Recommended reflecting climate change in the post-2015 agenda
EritreaOsman Mohammed SalehMinister for Foreign Affairs
  • Emphasized partnerships.
BahamasFrederick A. MitchellMinister for Foreign Affairs and Immigration
  • Welcomed the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD) as a forum to address international tax cooperation and discuss the need to go beyond gross domestic product (GDP) as the sole indicator for sustainable development.
  • Underscored SIDS’ particular vulnerability, with several describing climate change as an issue of survival.

 

 

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