Commonwealth Heads of Government on the United Nations Post-2015 Development Agenda -
Statement of Commonwealth Heads of Government on the United Nations Post-2015 Development Agenda
We, Leaders of the Commonwealth, representing over 2 billion people and over one quarter of the United Nations membership in our 53 member states, with extensive diversity in our growth and development, present the following shared views on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
Our perspectives on the Post-2015 Development Agenda are based on our shared values and principles as expressed in the Commonwealth Charter as well as our individual experiences. We welcome the inclusive inter-governmental process in the United Nations to achieve a concise, compelling, ambitious and balanced development agenda beyond 2015, building on and reinforcing existing agreements, and recognising the many outcomes that may feed in to the intergovernmental process.
We welcome the contributions made by the UN Secretary-General’s High Level Panel of Eminent Persons, the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development.
We draw attention to, and endorse, the specific work of specialised Commonwealth institutions and of our ministerial groupings on Post-2015, including: Ministers of Education, Women’s Affairs, Health, Youth Affairs, Environment, Finance, Law, and Small States.
We recognise poverty eradication as the overarching focus of the Post 2015 Development Agenda and reaffirm our commitment to sustainable development. The new agenda must tackle the causes of poverty, exclusion and inequality. We acknowledge the importance of sustainable development for all individuals, and have committed ourselves to eliminate disparities and make growth more inclusive for all, including women and girls, youth, vulnerable groups and people with disabilities.
The Post-2015 Development Agenda should address the importance of peaceful and stable societies, and effective and accountable institutions at all levels, for poverty eradication and sustainable development.
We call for a strong and inclusive global partnership to support the means of implementation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda, which optimises the mobilisation of all forms of development finance and ensures their effective use for sustainable development. We draw particular attention to the importance of the Post-2015 Development Agenda being supported by international structures and collaboration that promote, inter alia: a rules-based, transparent, free and fair multilateral trading system that enhances our trade liberalisation and developmental objectives, while taking into account the vulnerabilities and special requirements of Small Island Developing States, Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and fragile states; a stable and effective global financial system that encourages long-term investment; and access to science, technology, innovation, and development data.
We recognise the importance of the private sector in creating jobs and making the investments necessary for balanced, sustainable, inclusive and equitable growth with full and productive employment.
We will continue to work towards the successful conclusion of the UN process in 2015, and offer our full support for implementation of decisions made. As Leaders of the Commonwealth, we encourage others to approach the forthcoming inter-governmental negotiations in an ambitious and collaborative spirit to achieve a concise, compelling and balanced Post-2015 Development Agenda.
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It is with deep sadness that I heard of the passing of Tania Valerie Raguz.
Many of us will have worked with her at United Nations meetings over the past ten years when she was the First Secretary of the Mission of Croatia to the UN.
Tania Valerie Raguz was on the Bureau for Rio+20 and a Vice-Chair Of the Bureau of the seventeenth session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) and most recently she had joined the world of NGOs working as the Public Affairs Advisor for the World Animal Protection previously know as World Society for the Protection of Animals. WAP had been very active around Rio+20 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and she helped their work particularly around the SDGs.
Tania played her role in helping to frame the agenda that we are all committed to delivering on. CSD17 was one of the more successful CSD and without Rio+20 there would be no Sustainable Development Goals.
Interview Felix Dodds on Five Years of Nexus
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As I write this blog Committee 2
is discussing whether the annual resolution on Agenda 21, Johannesburg Plan of
Action and Rio+20 should be scrapped. The resolution has been extremely
important in the last few years for the discussion of subjects such as the High
Level Political Forum and the Technology Facilitation Mechanism, the regional
dimension of sustainable development and Sustainable Consumption and
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very existence of the resolution. Their argument is that it is no longer needed
because the 2030 Agenda should cover all aspects of the three previous
Although the 2030 Agenda does cover many of the aspects of Agenda 21,
Johannesburg Plan of Action and Rio+20 it does not cover all and reduces the
space YET AGAIN for debate and discussion on sustainable development. In
response to the concerns expressed by developed countries, G77 proposed this
year to shift the focus of the resolution to SCP.…