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Post-2015 De­vel­op­ment Agenda

State Secretary Kitschelt calls for a joint effort to develop global goals for development and sustainability

Former German Federal President Horst Köhler, Tanja Gönner, Chair of the GIZ Management Board, and Friedrich Kitschelt, State Secretary in the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

12.05.2014 |

Bonn – In view of the forthcoming negotiations for a new in­ter­national system of goals for sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment, former Federal President Horst Köhler and BMZ State Secretary Friedrich Kitschelt have called on the in­ter­national com­mu­ni­ty to come together as partners in a joint effort to address this task. The shape that such a "global partnership” might take is the subject of an in­ter­national "Flagship Forum” being held in Bonn today. The conference is aimed at in­ter­national experts from the fields of politics, science, civil society and business.

"We are all united by a common goal,” said State Secretary Kitschelt. "We want sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment, prosperity and quality of life for everyone on this planet. In order to achieve that we need a new kind of in­ter­national co­op­er­a­tion, because a system that makes a distinction between poor and rich, and between takers and givers won’t work any more. The fates of all the members of the in­ter­national com­mu­ni­ty are becoming more and more closely interwoven. That means everybody has a re­spon­si­bil­i­ty for everyone. That is what the new system of goals must embody!”

In 2015, when the timeframe for the UN Millennium Goals comes to an end, is a very im­por­tant year for in­ter­national politics. It will be the time for setting a new course in many different areas, for example by adopting a new climate agree­ment. The importance of the "global partnership” in the context of the forth­coming negotiations was also a guiding thread in the Report by the High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Agenda, commissioned by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and published last year. Former Federal President Horst Köhler was a member of the High-Level Panel.

In the debate about the new system of goals, the German gov­ern­ment is lobbying for the following four topics in particular: the global eradication of extreme pov­er­ty and hunger; the conservation and sus­tain­able use of the earth’s natural resources; ecologically sound growth with decent work and reasonable payment; and fostering good governance that takes account of gender equality, promotes and respects human rights, and safeguards global peace.

The outcomes of the dialogue recently launched by Federal Minister Müller concerning a Charter for the Future with the title "ONE WORLD – Our Respon­si­bility” will also help to form the basis for Germany’s contribution to the new system of goals. Almost 400 representatives from civil society, the churches, the private sector, foundations, the media, local authorities and many other areas of society are involved in the elaboration of the Charter. Together they are looking at the question of what kind of life we want to be living on this planet in the future.

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