ESCAP champions the power of partnerships to enable countries to harness the data revolution.
Global partnership is a key mechanism for supporting implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. There needs to be a recognition that the Millennium Development Goal framework for partnership (MDG8) did not effectively enable the MDGs and is even less sufficient for the more holistic Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Global partnerships must be structured to go beyond the historical official development assistance (ODA) compact and other traditional financing approaches.
Islamic finance not only offers an alternative source of financing for sustainable development activities and projects but also has inherent characteristics and principles that lend themselves well to catalysing and promoting sustainable development.
Since the establishment of the G20, the Secretary General has led the United Nations Development System (UNDS) in supporting and mutually reinforcing the complementarity of United Nations and G20 priorities and initiatives. In my intervention I propose to offer four observations.
Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), updates member States during the 361st of the Advisory Committee of Permanent Representative (ACPR) on recent work by the Secretariat as well as her activities.
South-South Cooperation needs to now be aligned, enhanced and structured to correspond with the priorities of the soon-to-be-adopted post-2015 sustainable development agenda.
South-South cooperation can play an instrumental role in sustainable development, as new and innovative approaches are adopted for technology transfer, along with a more effective architecture and ecosystem for its functioning, supported by a set of guidelines and principles for an international cooperation framework.
Strong political will be critical to develop a legal framework for a universal agreement on climate change in Paris, which will address human-induced climate change and aim to limit average global warming to two degrees.
Science, technology and innovation (STI) were identified as primary means of implementation for sustainable development at the Rio+20 conference in 2012. To achieve the new sustainable development goals (SDGs) countries will need to align their STI agendas with the new sustainable development paradigm and strengthen their STI capabilities and capacities.