7 October 2015, New York – Statement on behalf of the European Union and its Member States delivered by Ambassador Ioannis Vrailas, Deputy Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations, 70th UN General Assembly General Debate of Second Committee
I have the honour to speak on behalf of the European Union and its Member States.
First of all we would like to congratulate you, Ambassador Logar, and all the members of the Bureau for your election, and assure you of our full cooperation in the weeks ahead.
I would also like to express our deep appreciation to your predecessor, Ambassador Cardi of Italy, for the exemplary manner in which he steered our work during last year’s session.
2015 is a crucial year. The historic outcomes of the very successful meetings in Addis Ababa (Financing for Development) and New York (post 2015 summit), and soon in Paris (UNFCCC COP 21) will guide our joint efforts to eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable development for many years to come. These outcomes should strengthen and highlight synergies and co-benefits between poverty eradication and the three pillars of sustainable development as well as our commitment to tackle climate change.
The 2030 Agenda including the Sustainable Development Goals establish a new paradigm for the global eradication of poverty and sustainable development that is applicable to all countries. The 2030 Agenda presents a significant opportunity, and we are fully committed to do our part in implementing it, both at home in Europe and globally.
In our engagement over the coming months in the 70th UNGA Second Committee session we will give priority to ensuring an effective and efficient follow-up to the historic 2030 Agenda including the Addis Ababa Action Agenda. Although time is too short to reorganize the Second Committee for this session, we need to engage into reflection on the current agenda of the Second Committee and to begin to rethink the items so that we embrace the future – the 2030 Agenda – and move beyond the past. Our aim should be to have a new agenda for the next session of the Second Committee in place, an agenda which fully corresponds to the needs of an effective implementation of the 2030 Agenda. This will necessitate a comprehensive discussion, possible jointly with the ECOSOC, on how to best avoid duplication of our respective agendas.
A key area of work will be to establish and implement a strong and integrated monitoring, accountability and review framework for the 2030 Agenda, including the Addis Ababa Action Agenda. The High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development will have an important role to play. We are looking forward to the report of the Secretary-General for consideration at this session of the General Assembly in preparation for the 2016 meeting of the HLPF. We also support the roadmap of the UN Statistical Commission for the development of a global indicators framework which foresees providing a proposal for a global indicator framework by March 2016.
In the coming months we will advance on the operationalization of the multi-stakeholder Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM). We look forward to the development of the collaborative multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs, and the on-line platform. It is important that we get a TFM which is efficient and cost-effective and promotes technology partnerships for sustainable development, and that we avoid duplication with other instruments.
The empowerment and human rights of women and girls, ending discrimination in all its forms and all forms of violence against women and girls, is essential for progress on poverty eradication and sustainable development, including in post-conflict situations.
Climate change is a defining issue of our time and bold action is needed today to reduce emissions and build resilience. We seek a fair, ambitious and legally-binding agreement in Paris on climate, applicable to all, that covers both mitigation and adaptation, and limits temperature rise to 2°C or 1.5°C. It should include ambitious mitigation commitments, strong rules for holding all Parties accountable for their commitments, provisions for regular review and strengthening of Parties’ greenhouse gas reduction commitments over time. It also should facilitate a transition to a low carbon and resilient economy, taking into account the needs of the most vulnerable. Enhanced attention should be paid to the situation of the SIDS (Small Island Developing States), as they are especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change. The implementation of COP21 outcomes should follow swiftly.
The world has changed over the last decades, including the nature and magnitude of our global challenges their cause and effects, and our respective capabilities to address them. We will all need to play our part to support countries most lagging behind including the LDCs and fragile countries, and we look forward to the comprehensive high-level midterm review of the Fourth UN Conference on the LDCs in Turkey in June 2016.
We stress the importance of implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 as agreed in March. We also look forward to the high-level meeting of the GA in December 2015 in New York to review the implementation of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS+10 Review).
Finally, we also look forward to further discussions on UN operational activities in view of the next QCPR and support the notion that the United Nations must be ‘fit for purpose’ as well as increasingly more effective and efficient. We promote the reform of the UN system and of its bodies and organs to make it more fit to address the complex, multi-sectoral challenges that the new 2030 Agenda seeks to address.
The European Union and its Member States will work with all partners in the weeks and months ahead with the common aim of ensuring an effective and efficient follow-up in the Second Committee to the 2030 Agenda. We believe that this session is a unique window of opportunity for us to begin to engage in the review of the agenda of the Second Committee to ensure the continued relevance, effectiveness and efficiency of our Committee. We look forward to fruitful and constructive exchanges in the Second Committee, and would like to give you assurance of our full support in our collective endeavour.
I thank you.
EU source: European Union
UN forum: Second Committee
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