‘The World Is Watching and Expectations Are High’, Secretary-General Says at Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda
an article by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: remarks to the Intergovernmental Negotiations on the Post-2015 Development Agenda (abridged)
Thank you, Mr. President, for organizing this important meeting
today, at the beginning of this new year. I am particularly
encouraged by such a strong participation of all the Member
States. This room is completely crowded. I can feel the
excitement and energy and passion coming from the floor. This
is a good sign at the beginning of this year, when you are now
beginning this important intergovernmental negotiation on this
issue . . .
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We now begin a seminal year, which should kick-start a new era
of sustainability for all humankind. Member States have the
extraordinary opportunity — and the responsibility — to agree a
far-reaching vision to 2030; to adopt an inspiring set of
sustainable development goals; to make sure that they are
adequately financed; to address human-induced climate
change; and to rigorously monitor and review progress, so that
the transformation we seek becomes a reality. . .
In the year ahead, we will meet on three continents to usher in a
new era of sustainable development. In July, we will gather in
Addis Ababa to pave the ground for bold actions on financing
and the global partnership for sustainable development. In
September, here in New York, leaders will converge for the
United Nations special summit for the adoption of a universal
and transformative post-2015 development agenda, including
the sustainable development goals. And in December, the
twenty-first Conference of United Nations Framework
Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will meet in Paris to
adopt a legal framework for a meaningful, universal climate
change agreement. . .
In the coming months, you will negotiate the final parameters of
this agenda. It is clear that it should include a compelling and
principled narrative, based on human rights and human dignity.
It will have the sustainable development goals at its core. It will
require a global partnership to help mobilize financing and other
means of implementation. And it should include strong public
mechanisms at all levels for sharing knowledge, reporting,
reviewing progress, learning lessons and ensuring that everyone
delivers on their commitments. . .
The world is watching and expectations are high. Let us
demonstrate that we are determined to work together to build a
better life and a brighter future for the most vulnerable, their
children and their grandchildren. Let us show those who bear
the brunt of poverty, disease, inequality, climate change and
conflict that we can build a better world, based on solidarity,
trust and mutual responsibility. Let us demonstrate global
citizenship, foresight, moral courage and political leadership as
we reach final agreement on plans to support people,
communities, societies and our beautiful planet. . .
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