UN General Assembly tackles the post-2015 development agenda

date: 25 September 2012

At today’s United Nations’ General Assembly, Minister for Development Cooperation Paul Magnette took part in a High-level Event on the post-2015 development agenda. As it so happens, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will come to an end in 2015, and work must be done to create a development agenda and development objectives for after that date. Following on the decisions made at the Rio+20 Summit and the defining of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Belgium would like to work out a single set of goals that work towards the sustainability of our planet on a global scale. In this light, the assembly was an initial, open dialogue between the High-level Panel – including Helen Clark of the UNDP, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, the Japanese Prime Minister, EU Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs, the Vice-President of the World Bank – and a broad public of stakeholders and representatives from civil society.

The eight MDGs, built up around a number of fundamental values such as freedom, equality, solidarity, tolerance, respect for the environment and shared responsibility, have garnered a great deal of attention from the general public. They have proved their usefulness and value and Minister Magnette is therefore advocating to continue working in the same direction and to continue to use the Millennium Declaration as the foundation for further work. In his view however, the new regime must pay more attention to a number of specific aspects such as social protection and the environment. “Without economic growth, sustainable development and social progress,” says Paul Magnette, “there can be no peace or security. A number of missing elements were identified in Rio, including steady jobs, social protection, environmental sustainability and access to energy, which must be included in the post-2015 development agenda.”

The Belgian Minister for Development also reiterated the importance of keeping in mind the specific vulnerability of the least developed countries when working out the post-2015 development agenda.