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Statement by Hon. Sam K. Kutesa at the National Consultative Workshop on the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Friday, 8th August 2014
Hon. Sam K. Kutesa, UNGA-President elect and Her Excellency Amina Mohammed, United Nations Secretary-General's Advisor on Post-2015 Development Planning

Your Excellency Amina Mohammed, United Nations Secretary-General's Advisor on Post-2015 Development Planning, and our Guest Speaker,

Hon. Tarsis Kabwegyere, Minister for General Duties, Office of the Prime Minister,

Hon. Ministers and distinguished Panelists

Your Excellency Ahunna Eziakonwa Onochie, United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Representative

Distinguished participants, ladies and gentlemen,

Good morning!

I am pleased to welcome you all to this stakeholders National Consultative Workshop on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. I particularly welcome Assistant Secretary-General Amina Mohammed to Uganda, and thank her for honoring our invitation as Guest Speaker at this Workshop. Being the United Nations Secretary-General Special Advisor on Post-2015 Development Planning, your views and perspectives will no doubt enrich our discussions.

I also wish to thank my colleagues, and all Panelists for sparing time to prepare presentations for this Workshop. In addition, I thank the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for collaborating with my Ministry, and the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development to organize this workshop.

Distinguished participants,

As you may be aware, I will be presiding over negotiations for the Post-2015 Development Agenda during the 69th Session, due to commence on 16th September this year. You may also be aware that, the road to this new international development agenda, post-MDGs, started way back in 2011, when the United Nations Secretary-General established the United Nations Task Team to support a system-wide preparatory process for the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Its ground breaking report provided impetus to subsequent consultative mechanisms in shaping thoughts on the scope and content of the new agenda.

From the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development, and its outcome document, "The future we want" and the inter-governmental processes it established; to the work of the High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda; and the recently proposed Sustainable Development Goals by the Open Working Group, there is a clear narrative of what the international community aspires the new agenda to be. I will mention just a few key emerging issues:

i. First, MDGs have laid a solid foundation on many socio-economic issues, in particular poverty eradication, education and health.

ii. Second, the new agenda should be holistic, transformative, action-oriented, and universally applicable to all countries, while taking into account different national realities, capabilities and levels of development, and respecting national policies and priorities;

iii. Third, in the spirit of "leaving no one behind", the agenda should focus on eradicating poverty and hunger, through creating sustained and equitable growth and employment;

iv. Fourth, effective implementation of the agenda requires an enhanced global partnership for development, and mobilizing adequate financial resources, technology development and transfer, and capacity building. It should provide for strengthening the role of the private sector and civil society; enhanced international trade; and national and foreign direct investments, to contribute to productive employment creation, economic security and investments in health, education, rural development and water and sanitation; and

v. Fifth, it should also include relevant enablers, including: peace and security; infrastructure development; open and accountable public institutions; and respect for human rights.

In short, there is recognition that the new agenda needs to be trans-formative and ambitious. It cannot be business as usual, and there is no blue print one size fits all. As such, there should be ample space for national policy design and adaptation to local settings. This is where today¡¯s National Consultative Workshop becomes useful.

What is it that we must do at national level to contribute to the agenda, including its implementation? This Workshop will give us some thoughts by the end of the day.

Distinguished participants,

As our programme indicates, we have two Panel discussions. The first Panel will address the substantive issues related to the economic, environmental and social dimensions of Sustainable Development Goals as one of the key components of the Post-2015 Development Agenda, whereas the second Panel will discuss implementation issues.

Being a one day workshop, it is not possible to exhaust all possible topics for discussion. It is therefore hoped that as part of the way forward, we can agree on recommendations and a follow-up mechanism to discuss and exhaust whatever issues may remain pending.

I thank you for your kind attention.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs