Special Thematic Event: "Building Synergy and Coherence in the implementation of the Istanbul Plan of Action in the context of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda" Trusteeship Council
- I align myself with the statement by the EU and would like to add a few brief remarks in my national capacity, on behalf of the Kingdom of Netherlands.
- I thank the President of the General Assembly for convening this important gathering.
- I also thank Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Benin for chairing this first panel. Ambassador, your leadership as the voice of the LDCs is an inspiration to all of us.
- I would also like to welcome Bangladesh as the incoming chair of the LDC-group. We look forward to working together to maintain LDCs’ priorities at the forefront of our agenda.
- The Netherlands welcomes this opportunity to highlight the synergies between the SDG-agenda and the Istanbul Programme of Action.
- The commitment by our political leaders at the SDG Summit in September to Leave no one behind, clearly also means that no country should be left behind.
- I will share three concrete examples of how we contribute to this:
- Firstly, we believe trade is a key driver for spurring inclusive and sustainable growth. The Netherlands therefore combines support for favourable trade agreements with aid to ensure that the poor benefit from new opportunities. Furthermore we seek to generate more exports from LDCs. To this end, the Netherlands is establishing a programme with UNCTAD to raise awareness and increase knowledge of the use of rules of origin to allow LDCs to benefit more from trade preferences. The positive impact of the trade preferences by the EU will be enhanced by this programme.
- Secondly, in the field of technology transfer, we stress the importance of the availability of affordable medicines in all countries. The Netherlands supported the request to renew LDCs’ exemption from TRIPS provisions pertaining to pharmaceutical products as of 1 January 2016. This provides LDCs with legal security for developing generic farmaceutical production capacity.
- Thirdly, we look to the Green Climate Fund to enhance the resilience of the poorest countries. We have sought to ensure that the Green Climate Fund heeds the needs and desires of the poorest countries and that investments make the poorest population groups more resilient. Accordingly, we continue to seek an allocation of half of the investments to LDCs.
- Finally, we remain committed to continue this conversation and look forward to the Mid-Term Review of the implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action in Antalya. We would like to thank the Turkish Government for kindly offering to host this important event. The Netherlands will financially contribute to this meeting specifically to enable the participation of our LDC partners (including parliaments, civil society and private sector).
I thank you for your attention.