High-Level Thematic Debate on Means of Implementation for a Transformative post-2015 development agenda
Statement by the Kingdom of the Netherlands
I am speaking on behalf of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and would like to align myself with the statement by the EU.
We have made good progress with the formulation of a new set of Sustainable Development Goals.
One of the biggest challenges before us now is to construct a strong package on how to deliver on the SDGs.
The way we see it, the HOW of the post-2015 agenda is as important as the WHAT.
Consequently, the means of implementation should be accorded the same political status and the same level of ambition as the goals and targets. That means that rather than treating means of implementation (MoI) as a subset of the goals, we would place MoI alongside the goals.
Such an approach would also reduce the risk of a stovepipe perspective on MoI. Given the interconnectedness of the goals and targets, we need a broad MoI package that does justice to the many interlinkages between the goals and targets.
So our suggestion is to build a coherent and ambitious Global Partnership / MoI package alongside the goals. The package would consist of critical pathways, transformative policies, actions and partnerships that catalyse all actors to deliver on the goals.
A Global Partnership package could be structured along the lines of Monterrey-type categories such as financing, trade, technology and systemic issues, while at the same time including a number of specific transformative means of implementation and concrete deliverables to achieve any and all of the SDGs.
Examples of such MoI actions are reaffirmation of the ODA norm of 0.7 and 0.15-0.20 percent, innovative finance mechanisms and inclusive partnerships, modalities for sustainability reporting, means to improve the tax-to-GDP ratio, technology creation and sharing, aid for trade actions (particularly for LDCs), infrastructure solutions, and tools to increase effectiveness.
The Financing for Development (FfD) conference is an opportunity to move forward with this agenda. It comes at a crucial time in the post-2015 process. That is why we supported having the FfD conference in July 2015, ahead of the post-2015 summit. We would be amiss not to use the opportunity that Addis Ababa provides to build a Global Partnership / MoI package. Preferably of a 'plug and play' nature, meaning that, if done successfully, it would constitute the HOW chapter of the post-2015 agenda.
So the FfD conference is crucial, not only in its own right, but also because it can pave the way to a successful post-2015 summit in September.
That is why we hope and expect that the FfD co-facilitators and the post-2015 co-facilitators will work closely together and in joint session when appropriate so as to increase the likelihood of a single coherent outcome.