UNTV: United Nations, New York (September 25) – President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia said today (25 September) that the “ultimate goal of the post-2015 developing agenda is to end world poverty and to improve the well-being of our citizens.”
Yudhoyono was briefing the media immediately following the first meeting of the Secretary-General’s High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, together with the other two Panel’s Co-Chairs, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia and Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom.
The Indonesian President said it was also clear “that the agenda must be built upon the MDG’s achievements as it sets new goals and targets.”
Johnson Sirleaf said gender inequality is “universal” adding that “in most developing countries it reaches a critical level.”
She said “even in countries that are referred as developed, the issue of gender inequality is still prominent.”
The Liberian President said “we must redefine our priorities and change the nature of the debate” as “we cannot apply the same solutions and expect different results.”
For his part, David Cameron said “we are not here to get rid of the Millennium Development Goals” but “to urge countries to complete and meet the Millennium Development Goals and to meet the promises that countries have made about how they will help to meet the Millennium Development Goals.”
In July 2012, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the members of a High-level Panel to advise on the global development framework beyond 2015, the target date for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). There are 27 members on the High-level Panel from civil society, the private sector and governments.
The Panel is part of the Secretary-General’s post-2015 initiative mandated by the 2010 MDG Summit. UN Member States have called for open, inclusive consultations involving civil society, the private sector, academia and research institutions from all regions, in addition to the UN system, to advance the development framework beyond 2015.
The work of the Panel will reflect new development challenges while also drawing on experience gained in implementing the MDGs, both in terms of results achieved and areas for improvement. The Panel will submit a report containing recommendations to the Secretary-General in the first half of 2013.