Global sustainability goals

Thomas Silberhorn attends in­ter­national De­vel­op­ment Co­op­er­a­tion Forum in New York

09.07.2014 |

Berlin / New York – Germany wants to make a strong con­tri­bu­tion to the debate about a new global de­vel­op­ment agenda. Thomas Silberhorn, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Co­op­er­a­tion and De­vel­op­ment, underlined this prior to his departure for New York, where he will be par­ti­ci­pat­ing in the in­ter­national De­vel­op­ment Co­op­er­a­tion Forum, which is being held on 10 and 11 July 2014.

Silberhorn said, "We now need to have an intensive dialogue among all players so that the United Nations General Assembly will be able to adopt a new agenda of global sus­tain­ability goals next year. We need to make sure that global goals and political action will focus on human needs. Nobody must be left behind! In Germany, we are currently trying to build a broad popular consensus on what each of us can do for globally sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment. Our slogan for these efforts is 'One World – Our Responsibility'. This is the title of a Charter for the Future that we want to draft in order to describe Germany's contribution to our planet's future and to present it in the in­ter­national debate."

The meeting in New York focuses on the design of a future global part­ner­ship, which is considered a crucial basis for the new sus­tain­ability and de­vel­op­ment agenda that the in­ter­national com­mu­ni­ty wants to develop next year, when the United Nations Millennium De­vel­op­ment Goals cease to be in force.

Participants include representatives of de­vel­op­ing coun­tries, emerging economies and industrialised coun­tries, parliaments, civil society, the private sector, foundations, and in­ter­national organisations. They will jointly try to identify ways in which all relevant players can contribute to the new set of goals, how the goals can become effective worldwide, and what monitoring options there are.

The De­vel­op­ment Co­op­er­a­tion Forum (DCF) is held every two years by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). It focuses on current issues in in­ter­national de­vel­op­ment policy.

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