Experience in the past two decades, particularly the 15 years of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), has shown the potential of a “true global pact for development,” the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said today during a commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the UN World Summit for Social Development.
“The year 2015 presents an historic test and challenge for the international community and national institutions. We are embarking on a voyage of transformative change affecting all sectors of our societies. This change must be built on universality, sustainability and acceptance of interdependence as a win-win proposition for both nations and people,” said Mr. Eliasson in opening remarks to the special meeting convened by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
Held in March 1995 in Copenhagen, the World Summit for Social Development was the largest gathering ever of world leaders at that time. By putting people centre stage, the Summit pledged to make the conquest of poverty, the goal of full employment and the fostering of social integration overriding objectives of development.
The commemorative meeting also heard opening remarks from ECOSOC Vice-President Oh Joon, who said that without doubt, the Social Summit was one of the major building blocks in establishing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and the integrated approach advocated at the Summit contributed to the common understanding on the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development and the need for a balanced integration of these three dimensions.
Mr. Eliasson stressed that today’s event provides an opportunity for reflection on progress