Global civil society have challenged world leaders to be more inclusive and engage with other sectors to effectively implement the newly-adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
A high-level United Nations event on implementing the post-2015 agenda in New York yesterday brought together world leaders and civil society to celebrate the success of the formulation of the new development agenda and also to discuss implementation plans over the next 15 years.
In her address at the event, the Executive Director of the Pacific Islands Association of NGOs (PIANGO), Ms. Emele Duituturaga said the time for action is now.
“It is heartening to hear the support given here by governments, but we need concrete commitments with institutional arrangements for civil society stakeholders to be meaningfully engaged in the processes for implementation of the Agenda 2030. There needs to be more engagement with women, youth, the elderly, people with disabilities, indigenous peoples, rural and maritime communities and other vulnerable and marginalized groups who have traditionally been left behind.”
Several government leaders and representatives who were present, including Tanzania, Columbia, Kenya, Indonesia and Sweden acknowledged that their governments will need to engage with civil society to realize the 17 goals set out in the 2030 Agenda.
The Pacific Islands Association of NGOs and its affiliates have also called on Pacific leaders to take action on the implementation of the global goals for the progress of the people of the region.
“Transforming our world is ambitious but within our reach. We expect our leaders to match the ambition of the new agenda with national and regional development strategies and accountability mechanisms for participatory implementation” said Ms. Duituturaga.
“It is all about the people. People and not profit must be front and centre of the new agenda where human rights, gender equality, environmental sustainability and economic justice are at the core of the pursuit of sustainable development.”
The newly endorsed global development agenda aims to reshape the world as we know it. It seeks to build a fairer world, giving access to quality education, healthcare and eliminating poverty by 2030.