Korea plays international role in shaping new global development goals
UNDP and Korea host international conference in Seoul to shape partnerships to underpin new global goals.
Seoul, October 7th, 2013 - International experts tackled how new global development goals can best end poverty and protect the planet at a Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UNDP hosted conference today.
The Millennium Development Goals, globally agreed targets to cut poverty and hunger, boost health, education and ensure gender equality, expire in 2015. The UN is co-ordinating a global process to define new goals to 2030.
‘We must forge a new global partnership to underpin post-2015 development goals’ said Cho Tae-yul, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs. ‘The partnership must bring all involved in development together, to pool resources and capacity for maximum results’ he said.
At the ‘Seoul Post-2015 Conference: Implications and Implementation’ today, 100 international development experts from Governments, think tanks and academia provided analysis for inter-governmental negotiations that will finalise new goals in 2015.
Cho cited the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation as a ‘key tool that the international community can use to bring all involved in development together’.
The Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation, conceived at a major international development conference held in Busan in 2011, brings governments, private companies, civil society and others together to ensure funding, time and knowledge produce maximum impact for development.
‘Korea has played an important role in the post-2015 development debate’ said Rebecca Grynspan, UNDP’s Associate Administrator. ‘Today’s event has helped us focus more on how we partner better to ensure results and how we finance new goals’ she added.
Former Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan took part in a 27 strong High Level Panel of Eminent Persons that submitted recommendations to UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon in May 2013.
The Panel’s report titled “sets out a universal agenda to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030 and ensure sustainable development, backed up by a global partnership.
A number of other global processes are underway to help shape new global goals.
The UN Global Compact, a forum for business to align around human rights, labour and environmental concerns, released a report in June 2013 entitled “Corporate Sustainability and the United Nations Post‐2015 Development Agenda.”
The report highlighted eradicating poverty, boosting health and education, empowering women and girls and ensuring an enabling environment for business as priorities. It also outlines a strategy to further engage business for sustainable development.
An international working group on sustainable development goals was created in response to recommendations from the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, or ‘Rio+20’, held in Rio de Janeiro, in June 2012. It will share recommendations with the UN General Assembly in September 2014.
A UN convened Expert Committee on Sustainable Development Financing also will deliver a report and recommendations in time for the September 2014 General Assembly
These different streams will be pulled together throughout 2014-15 before final agreement on new global goals.