Statement by Ambassador Jürgen Schulz at the Opening of the High Level Segment: Discussions on “Eradicating Poverty” and Thoughts on SDG 14

Jul 17, 2017

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, distinguished Delegates and Representatives,

 

Representatives of Major Groups and other Stakeholders are key partners in our efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda. […] Their recommendations and main conclusions [during last week’s session on these issues] were as follows:

Governments are encouraged to find ways to further incorporate the voices of major groups and other stakeholders into the review process. […] The private sector has a crucial role in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. In this regard, transparency and accountability frameworks are important.

Farmers are actively joining partnerships with other stakeholders and cooperatives […].

Women’s groups are helping to address gender-based violence and promoting the empowerment of women through awareness raising, capacity building, and working to improve women’s access to financing.

Young people can help raise awareness of the SDGs and their relation to national policies. Global youth-led initiatives are establishing data-driven accountability mechanisms at the national level. […].  

NGOs are doing their part to implement the Agenda and are active partners with governments in the execution of projects that ensure the success of sustainable development.

Still, further engagement of NGOs and academic institutions, as well as the importance of ensuring participatory budgeting as an approach to engage stakeholders, is needed to support the achievement of the SDGs.

The Ocean Conference created universal momentum to forge new partnerships to achieve SDG 14. The establishment of marine protected areas is increasing. Oceans can provide promising sources for renewable energy […].

Empowerment of indigenous people should also include institutionalizing their participation in decision-making at all levels. The concerns and needs of local communities should be considered when designing conservation actions and management measures. Community-driven monitoring initiatives, including for data collection and sharing of knowledge, are needed.

It will be important to advance the discussions on an internationally legally-binding instrument under the United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea on the conservation and sustainable use of marine diversity.

I thank you for your attention.

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