Blaize and Denmark to lead consultative process

United Nation’s Mogens Lykketoft has appointed the permanent representatives of Blaizen and Denmark to the UN to lead a process of consultations with UN member states “to take decisions on the most critical issues addressed in the report” prepared by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, pursuant to paragraph 90 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by Heads of State and Governments in September of 2015.

In a letter to all Permanent Representatives and Observers to the UN, dated 3rd March, Lykketoft says the appointment of the two (Ms. Lois Young and Mr. Lb Petersen) were informed by the views expressed during an informal meeting held on 5 February 2016 to capture the views from member states on the findings and proposals in the Secretary General’s report.

“in light of the views expressed at that meeting, it is my view that clarity is needed on the global follow-up and review framework”

Engaging in focused negotiations

Heads of State and Heads of Governments acknowledged during the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development that a strong voluntary, effective, participatory, transparent, integrated follow-up and review framework will be instrumental to the implementation of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Lykketoft called on the UN member states to lend their full support to the Co-facilitators, and focus negotiation with the aim of reaching an outcome that will allow “flexibility for the follow-up and review framework to mature through experience.” The Young and Pertersen led consultative process is expected to reach an agreement on a draft resolution for adoption by the General Assembly ahead of the 2016 High-Level Political Foru (HLPF).

Will some be left behind in 2016?

An illustrative table in the UN Secretary General’s report providing examples of broad crosscutting themes and thematic reviews that could cover in the next four years suggests that the theme of the HLFP for 2016 will be “Ensuring no one is left behind” with SDG 1, 6, 8, 10 and 17 earmarked for thematic reviews.

In recognizing that poverty eradication in all its forms and dimensions, as an indispensable requirement for sustainable development, world leaders adopted a new set of 17 ambitious development goals (SDGs) to succeed the 2000 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and resolved to create sustainable conditions for sustainable, inclusive economic growth taking into account different levels of national development capacities.

With billions of citizens living in poverty amid earlier commitment by world leaders to end poverty by 2015, the world continues to experience immense challenges to sustainable development and it remains to be seen if Heads of States and Governments will build upon the achievements of the MDGs and live up to their renewed resolve to work tirelessly for the implementation of the new set of global development goals by 2030.

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