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General Assembly aims to start negotiations on post 2015 development agenda in January
1 Nov 2014 - “The work of the Second Committee continues to be of critical importance and uniquely placed in providing contributions on how to deal with economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development,” said the President of the General Assembly Mr. Sam Kahamba Kutesa as he addressed the General Assembly’s Economic and Financial Committee, its Second Committee. Sustainable development was on its agenda on 15 and 16 October.

“In the coming months, major conferences and related processes will contribute to our common efforts in building a more prosperous future for all. It is important that these processes complement and reinforce each other,” said the President. He asked delegates to finalize the modalities for the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda and for the September 2015 Summit, so that the substantive negotiations can start in January next year.

Delegates stressed that this was a momentous year for the UN. They strongly reaffirmed their commitment to poverty eradication and sustainable development as a basis for the post-2015 development agenda. They underscored that the report of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals should be the main basis for negotiations on post-2015 development agenda.

Many delegates said that the SDGs must build on the MDGs and should be linked to a strong global partnership for development. Many also underlined the need for adequate means of implementation. Throughout the two days, speakers highlighted their priorities, recognizing that these were largely addressed by the Open Working Group outcome document. A large number of speakers noted that the high-level political forum on sustainable development (HLPF) is critical in providing leadership on sustainable development. Most reaffirmed its role to act as a dedicated platform for sustainable development including on sharing experiences and review and follow-up of SDGs within the framework of the post-2015 development agenda. It needed to have an action oriented agenda and be further strengthened.