The world has before it a unique opportunity to build a better future for all, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared yesterday in Bonn, Germany, where he urged broad support for a trio of course-correcting United Nations events in 2015 that aim to lock down agreements on protecting the planet, ensuring sustainable development and unleashing the finances and technology to ensure these vital goals are achieved.
In Bonn for the inauguration of a new wing to the World Conference Centre there, and a day before he heads to Schloss Elmau outside of Munich, where he will hold a series of meetings with G7 leaders, the Secretary-General noted the Center’s opening takes place at a crucial juncture for people and the planet.
“This year, 2015, is a year for global action – a once-in-a-generation opportunity to put our world on more peaceful, sustainable and equitable footing,” he said, adding that today he will urge the leaders of the world’s largest economies to uphold their moral and political responsibilities – “and to take the difficult yet sensible steps that will achieve our goals.”
Beyond the G7 summit, three milestones will follow, explained the UN chief, citing the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, to be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 13 to 16 July, as an opportunity to mobilize the resources and technology to make good on the the promise of a sustainable, equitable future for all.
He went on to note that in September in New York, world leaders gathered for the annual opening session of the UN General Assembly would look to adopt a new development agenda with a set of sustainable development goals, SDGs, which would be successor targets to the historic UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
“The new agenda will build on the remarkable gains made under the Millennium Development Goals over the past two decades, when hundreds of millions of people have been lifted out of extreme poverty,” the Secretary-General said, explaining that the new framework will also go further by focusing on the key role of effective institutions, human rights and other elements that were not part of the MDG blueprint, but which are crucial for preventing conflict and promoting stability and peace.
And in December, parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will gather in Paris to adopt a new and meaningful climate agreement.
These events are not only priorities for the United Nations family, “