Statement at the Informal Meeting of the Plenary on the Process of Intergovernmental Negotiations on the Post-2015 Development Agenda
H.E. Zahir Tanin
Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the United Nations
18 February 2015
Thank you Mr. Co-facilitator,
At the outset, I would like to align my statement to the statements delivered yesterday by South Africa on behalf of the group of 77 and China, Benin on behalf of the group of LDCs, and Zambia on behalf of the group of LLDCs.
I wish to make the following statement in my national capacity.
Firstly, I wish to commend you both as co-facilitators for preparing the “Elements Paper” as a basis for guiding our discussions on the declaration. The proposed framework in the paper is well-articulated and incorporates most of the major issues that we have all emphasized in one way or another in our discussions for the last 4 years in the context of the SDGs and the post-2015 development agenda.
As I continue to attentively listen to my colleagues’ statements, I notice we are all almost on the same page. I also found it interesting that on the one hand, we all emphasize how this declaration should be visionary, ambitious, actionable, communicable and- most importantly- concise. On the other hand, however, this wish list is very long, which I believe makes your task to properly reflect and balance the draft very challenging. This declaration is highly important as it reflects the essence of our common efforts to craft the Post-2015 Development Agenda for next 15 years.
On substance: considering the time constraints I would like to briefly highlight the following issues to be incorporated in the declaration:
– The declaration should recognize the outcome of the major internationally agreed documents and should build on their progress;
– The declaration should reiterate poverty eradication as our overarching goal while underscoring the reduction of social inequalities and bridging of gaps between the developing and developed countries as central to our success;
– Also it should reiterate the view that the success of the Post-2015 Development Agenda relies on robust means of implementation and in this regard it should recognize the outcome of the 3rd FFD Conference on Financing for Development to be held in Addis Ababa;
– The declaration should recognize the special development needs and challenges of countries in special situations such as LDCs, LLDCs, SIDS, Africa, as well as countries in conflict and post conflict situations, and it should highlight the relationship between peace and security and sustainable development;
– The declaration should stress the integration of Vienna Program of Action for LLDCs and its six priority areas in the post 2015 development agenda, as well as the Istanbul Program of Action for LDCs;
– The declaration should also emphasize the parallel progress of the three dimensions of sustainable development and it should strongly reflect the fact that no one should be left behind;
– It should also respect the national priorities and policies of developing countries and it should mirror the concessional and preferential treatment of countries in special situations;
– It should take note of the six elements of the Secretary-General’s synthesis report;
– It should stress the importance of renewed global partnership;
– And most importantly it should echo the political will for implementation of the post-2015 goals;
– The declaration should endorse the SDGs report and its 17 goals and 169 targets;
– The declaration should recognize the challenge of climate change and natural disasters. In this regard, the declaration should also recognize the importance of the outcomes of the Paris conference and the Sendai Conference accordingly;
– The declaration should also reaffirm the common values including respect for all human rights, freedom, equality, solidarity, tolerance and gender equality;
– Last but not least the declaration should set up a comprehensive follow up and review mechanism to effectively monitor the progress of our commitments.
To conclude, Afghanistan would like to reiterate its commitment to this negotiation process and its faith in you as Co-facilitators to lead us to a strong final text our leaders will be proud of in September.
I thank you.