At the G20 meeting in Los Cabos, Mexico, the Secretary-General reminded leaders that at this time of global economic turmoil and pervasive crisis, the development agenda must remain at the top of our priorities.
He commended the G20 leaders for having adopted the Seoul Development Consensus, and urged them to build upon it. He also urged them to maintain commitments on financing for development in these difficult times.
He highlighted a few issues that have been discussed at previous G20 meetings that have particular salience right now, before turning to the important opportunity presented by the upcoming Rio+20 Conference.
He said that sustainable energy for all is essential for global poverty eradication, inclusive green growth and sustainable development.
He noted that an unprecedented coalition of both public and private actors has been assembled to support Sustainable Energy for All. Significant commitments will be announced in Rio. He said he is counting on this support for this ground-breaking initiative as implementation phase is entered in the months ahead.
He commended the visionary leadership of President Felipe Calderon of Mexico for agreeing to the Green Climate Fund in Cancun. He asked leaders for their support for the Green Climate Fund established in Durban last year. He said the United Nations stands ready to help.
He urged G20 members to continue to put food and nutrition security at the top of the development agenda, and to support the Agriculture Pull Mechanism initiative and the Scaling Up Nutrition movement, as important mechanisms to help meet the Zero Hunger Challenge.
Beyond these specific issues, he underscored the need to complete our drive to achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015, even as we also turn our attention to creating a new post-2015 development framework.
The Millennium Development Goals have reshaped decision-making, in developed and developing countries alike.
He said that while we have seen significant progress, we cannot afford to relax.
One billion people continue to live in poverty, and the 2015 deadline is approaching fast. We must accelerate our work.
Beyond 2015, the Secretary-General stated that a holistic vision is needed, deeply rooted in all the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social, and the environmental.
As many leaders headed to Brazil for the Rio+20 Conference, he expressed his hope that we can all agree Sustainable Development Goals will be a central part of the post-2015 global development framework.
He said work on this agenda will accelerate after Rio, bringing together the Rio outcomes and the process outlined by Member States at the 2010 MDG Summit.
He reported that he will establish a High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons to help define a vision for after 2015 and will ensure the Panel is representative of the full UN membership.
He expressed his gratitude to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia and Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom who were present at this meeting and to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia for accepting his invitation to co-chair the Panel.