Intervention High-level Stocktaking Event on Post-2015 Development Agenda
Friday September 12th, 2014
Intervention by H.E. Karel J.G. van Oosterom Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands at the President of the General Assembly’s High-level Stocktaking Event on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
I would like to thank the President of the General Assembly for convening this important discussion to reflect on the future development agenda. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank excellencies Mr. Majanen and Mr. Muhtar for leading the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing to deliver an excellent report and thank my dear colleagues, excellencies Mr. Patriota and Mr. Seger for taking charge of the dialogues on technology facilitation mechanism as a valuable input into the post-2015 process, and particularly the Means of Implementation discussion.
I would also like to align this statement with the EU statement.
From the perspective of the Kingdom of the Netherlands we join this discussion with a strong recognition of the important progress we have made in the post-2015 process, but also with a realization of the road ahead. The Open Working Group on SDGs has provided us with an excellent report with a good vision on the 'what' of post-2015. In other words, we have a comprehensive set of substantive goals and targets.
As for the report of the Open Working Group, allow me to highlight some areas of special importance to my country:
Oceans and seas, as shared by my colleagues from Papua New Guinea and Palau, this is of special importance to Aruba, Curacao and St. Maarten, the three Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Kingdom of the Netherlands;
Eradication of poverty and hunger;
Gender equality and women’s empowerment, and SRHR;
Water and sanitation;
Peaceful and inclusive societies;
Access to justice and effective and accountable institutions;
Financial inclusion, taking our cue from our Queen Maxima who is the Secretary General’s Special Advocate on Financial Inclusion for Development.
The Open Working Group provided us with a great report. However, we also are keenly aware of the fact that the Open Working Group was only able to provide a beginning for the 'how' of post-2015. We have a set of Means of Implementation actions and one dedicated goal on a Global Partnership for Sustainable Development. We need to go further. In the process ahead, we need to forge a strong, truly global partnership for sustainable development to make sure we are able to realize the ambition we have set ourselves to eradicate poverty and realize sustainable development. That is one of our main tasks in the year ahead of us towards the Financing for Development conference in Addis Abeba (in July 2015) and the summit in September 2015. That calls for action by all of us. It calls for a dynamic partnership of governments, civil society and the private sector with the implementation of the post-2015 as our common, new horizon.
I would like to highlight three priorities that our key for us in the implementation discussion: universality, effectiveness and international cooperation.
For the Kingdom of the Netherlands universality is the starting point for the implementation of the new agenda. This agenda is relevant for the Netherlands because we are committed to eradicating poverty and we will continue investing in this through our development cooperation programs and official development assistance (ODA). In addition, we intend to contribute to sustainable development through actions in our own country, for example where it concerns sustainable consumption and production. Moreover, other objectives, such as gender equality, sustainable agriculture and building effective and capable institutions will also require actions in our country.
Secondly, effectiveness is a core concern for the implementation of the new goals. Here, I would like to refer to the Busan principles of country ownership, a focus on results, inclusive multistakeholder partnerships and mutual accountability that form the bedrock of development effectiveness. As one of the three co-chairs of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation, we look forward to bring the valuable ideas on development effectiveness into the post-2015 discussions, together with our fellow co-chairs Malawi and Mexico.
Thirdly, international cooperation is key. I would like to highlight in this context, that the Dutch Minister responsible for post-2015 combines in her portfolio development cooperation and foreign trade. This is no coincidence. This is how we envision the future with our partners. It is an example of how we try to enhance synergy between aid and trade. We will continue investing in aid for people in need, to lift the poorest out of poverty. At the same time we realize that the best way to reduce poverty is through inclusive and sustainable growth and trade. When my Minister for Development Cooperation visits a partner country very often she will have 20 to 30 Dutch companies with her. Lowering trade barriers and improving market access for LDC’s is her key priority.
The Kingdom of the Netherlands is your partner for peace, justice and development. The Netherlands therefore stands ready to contribute to the implementation of a universal post-2015 agenda both through actions in our Kingdom and through international cooperation.