Launch Of Post-2015 National Consultations In Kuala Lumpur, Themed “The Malaysia We Want: How Can Our Institutions Help Us Achieve This?”Jul 2, 2014
United Nations Country Team (UNCT) & Economic Planning Unit (EPU) of the Prime Minister’s Department Jointly Organise National Consultations On Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Beyond 2015
2 July 2014, Kuala Lumpur – The Post-2015 Development Agenda is the first major intergovernmental policy process in the United Nations (UN) informed by a comprehensive global consultation, reaching large numbers of poor and vulnerable people as well as government, civil society, non-governmental organisations, academics, and the private sector. The Post-2015 consultations in Malaysia jointly organised by the UNCT and EPU consists of online (http://un.org.my/msiawewant); and social media engagement (Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MalaysiaWeWant; Twitter: https://twitter.com/msiawewant; and Instagram: http://instagram.com/msiawewant); face-to-face discussions with vulnerable groups; and three national consultations with a diverse group of stakeholders, beginning here in Kuala Lumpur, and to be followed by Sarawak and Sabah next week and the following.
Mr. Haoliang Xu, UN Assistant Secretary-General, Chair of the UN Development Group Asia-Pacific, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director, Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, when jointly launching the post-2015 National Consultations here together with the Economic Planning Unit said, “The convening of this national consultation is in keeping with the UN Secretary-General’s vision and efforts, as mandated by UN member states, to have the most inclusive and participatory consultations, involving all stakeholders, to advance the global development framework to succeed the Millennium Development Goals.”
He added that “The findings of the global conversation contain important messages for us. One clear message is that we should not give up on the unfinished business of the MDGs. We are up against timelines. With fewer than 600 days to the 2015 target date, accelerating MDG progress is a big priority for us all. While the MDGs have been successful in galvanizing action for improving the lives of many hundreds of millions of people, significant gaps and challenges remain. We must do everything we can to achieve the MDGs by the end of 2015. Another clear concern is persistent inequality. People talked about the need to end continuing disparities between men and women, between rural areas and urban areas, among different ethnic groups, and between the rich and the poor”.
The UN Assistant Secretary General announced that the recent release of the Zero Draft of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the post-2015 agenda by the UN Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals proposes 17 SDGs to be attained by 2030, as well as associated targets. Mr Haoliang Xu added that the document states that “poverty eradication is the greatest global challenge facing the world today and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development” and that “it recognizes sustainable consumption and production (SCP) and natural resource management and protection as essential requirements for sustainable development”.
He also noted that based on the emerging sketches of a new agenda, “it is likely to be based on sustainable development principles focussing on economic growth, social justice, and environmental stewardship … It will be universal in nature, yet responsive to the complexities, needs and capacities of individual countries”.
Ms. Gyles-McDonnough elaborated on the Zero Draft of the SDGs saying, “This is still work in progress and efforts are being made to see how these 17 goals can be further reduced” and that “it gives governments and their line ministries an opportunity to assess relevance and feasibility of these proposed goals and targets at the country level”.
About the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
A major outcome of the Rio+20 Conference was that UN member states agreed to launch a process to develop a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to build upon the Millennium Development Goals, which expires at the end of 2015, and converge with the post-2015 development agenda. The processes leading to the development of the SDGs are being coordinated with the post-2015 process for a coherent global development agenda that UN members states will be committed to in order to address the development gaps that remain and the new and major challenges of our fast changing world.