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‘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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Sustainable Development Summits of States, What are the results?

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Here is a translation of an  analysis of Rio+20 by Candido Gryzbowski, one of the initiators of the World Social Forums.  For the original Portuguese, click here.

Where are we? Where are we going? How should we imagine our common destiny in intimate relationship with nature? How can we construct conditions of living and happiness for all human beings, without distinction, caring and sharing the planet that houses us? What changes do we need in the ways we organize, produce and consume, in the production of social exclusion and inequity which destroy the very basis of life? These are our questions at the end of the Rio +20 Conference, where once again our leaders have shown a lack of determination to start a major reconstruction of a world in crisis.  We have see much official pomp for nothing, creating even more uncertainty about our collective ability to change directions for the sustainability of life, all life forms, and for the integrity of the Earth. Meanwhile ... the crisis deepens and widens and the collective uncertainty increases. Rio +20 has nourished the destructive capacity of the global crisis, rather than seizing the historic moment and making the changes that are urgently needed.

We say loud and clear that the multifaceted crisis (climate and environmental, financial, food, values...), which engulfs the whole world, also has another component: the crisis of governance. This is revealed on the one hand, in the absence of a structure of global legitimate power more than what we have today. . ...more.

This report was posted on January 22, 2015.