General Assembly President launches initiative for post-2015 agenda - UN General Assembly President, Mr. John Ashe, has launched a major effort to harness the support of all 193 UN Member States and civil society to formulate a new development agenda with the potential to guide the course of humankind away from poverty for decades to come.
A UN statement, obtained by PANA in New York on Saturday, stated that Mr. Ashe launched the initiative at an interactive session with civil society representatives from different parts of world at the UN headquarters in New York.
He said he had set six major initiatives to jumpstart progress on sustainable development after 2015.
In the coming months, the statement said, the president will convene three high-level events focused on women, youth and civil society (6-7 March), human rights and the rule of law (17-18 June) and South-South cooperation, triangular cooperation and information communication technology (ICT) for development (20-21 May).
He will also chair three thematic debates on the role of partnerships (9-10 April), how stable and peaceful societies can contribute to development (24-25 April) and on the way that water, sanitation and sustainable energy (18-19 February) can contribute to the post-2015 development agenda.
The Assembly president said that 'the various civil society organisations are the trusted partners of the United Nations and I urge you to support this initiatives'.
'I am confident that we can all come together around one global sustainable development agenda, with poverty eradication at its centre and with true ownership from both governmental and non-governmental actors alike,' he noted.
The new post-2015 development agenda is to succeed the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
The MDGs, agreed by world leaders at a UN summit in 2000, aim to slash extreme hunger and poverty, cut maternal and infant mortality, combat disease and provide access to universal education and health care, all by the end of 2015.
But, these targets will not be reached in many countries and areas, and they will be incorporated in an even more ambitious post-2015 agenda.