Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the UN, United States

Post-2015 consultations

4 November 2014

STATEMENT BY Peter van der Vliet, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United Nations, in Post-2015 consultations.

Mr. Co-facilitator, 

Seeing you there on the podium, it feels somewhat unfamiliar for me not to take the floor on behalf of the Australia/UK/Netherlands troika. I speak only for the Netherlands. And of course I align myself with the statement of the EU.

Ambassador Kamau, it is good to have you back. Together with ambassador Korosi of Hungary, you did a splendid job leading the Open Working Group on SDGs to a successful outcome. 

Ambassador Donoghue, we welcome in your role as post-2015 co-facilitator.

The Netherlands is convinced that under your guidance, co-facilitators, we can and will adopt a strong new development agenda by September next year.

You asked us what the elements of that framework could be.

We suggest to compare it to a house. With a roof, two pillars and a foundation.

The roof would consist of a compelling and visionary declaration or narrative. A declaration that inspires this and future generations. A declaration that puts people, planet and prosperity at the center. A declaration that sticks, that is remembered, not only in the corridors of the UN, but also at dinner tables and classrooms all over the world.

The roof of the house would be supported by two core constituent elements, or pillars if you will.

One pillar would consist of the goals and targets. The other pillar would consist of the Global Partnership and Means of Implementation. A WHAT pillar and a HOW pillar. Of course, the two pillars would not stand in splendid isolation; they would be closely aligned, with the HOW pillar focusing on those means and actions that are truly relevant, supportive and instrumental in achieving the goals and targets. The two pillars would be of equal political importance. We agree with the G77 that "MoI are key", or a "central plank" as PNG just said, and therefore we believe that Global Partnership and MoI issues should be treated on an equal footing with the goals and targets and not just as a subset.

The final element of the post-2015 house would be the foundation, consisting of a monitoring and accountability framework.

Co-facilitators,

If one were to take these elements as a starting point, the process leading to agreement on a post-2015 development agenda could be derived from it. The elements could in fact be the work streams of the post-2015 process: the declaration, the goals and targets, the global partnership and MoI, and monitoring and accountability. I refer also to the statements by CARICOM, AOSIS, Australia, Switzerland and many others in this regard.

Needless to say that the Financing for Development work stream is of fundamental importance for success in September 2015. The Addis Ababa conference is key in setting us on the right path towards achieving the goals and targets by 2030. A stable post-2015 house needs a range of effective actions that drive progress towards the goals.

The Netherlands has an open mind on how the post-2015 process is designed in detail. We value an intergovernmental process that is transparent and leaves room for the voice of other stakeholders including the private sector and civil society, not in the least because they will have to play a crucial role in realizing the agenda in the implementation phase. They have a lot to bring to the table.