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Statement by Denmark at the Post-2015 Intergovernmental negotiations

21.07.2015  15:33
Delivered by H.E. Mr. Peter Lehmann Nielsen, Deputy Permanent Representative of Denmark to the United Nations. 20 July 2015.

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Denmark aligns this statement with the statement made by the EU on behalf of the Eu and its Member States.
 
I would like to thank the co-facilitators for their leadership and express our strong support to the way you have conducted the negotiations. We would also like to thank you for the new draft, which is a valuable basis for our further deliberations. We look forward to the next 10 days of negotiations and to finalize the outcome document on July 31st.

We support the transparent and consultative approach with which you have conducted the sessions, and expect that the engagement of all stakeholders will continue. The success of this process and the post-2015 agenda depend on the ownership and engagement of all parties - governments, civil society, the private sector and other actors.

We welcome the many revisions in the new draft and especially the efforts to better reflect the balance of the three dimensions of sustainable development. We welcome the references to gender, human rights, peace, leave no one behind, non-discrimination, and safeguarding and protecting the planet; it is key that these are preserved, but also strengthened where appropriate.

We would like to highlight a few elements in the preamble and introduction where we see room for improvement. These include the 5 Ps, the reflection of the goals and targets, the means of implementation, gender equality and follow-up and review.

Firstly, we welcome the efforts to communicate the agenda in brevity around the “5 Ps”. Yet, we also find that the transformative features of the agenda could be more clearly reflected. This includes the interlinked overarching objectives of poverty eradication and sustainable development as well as key principles including universality, integration, and balance between the three dimensions of sustainability.
The preamble and the introduction should inspire political leaders and populations around the globe to shift from business as usual. We should embark on a path towards a sustainable future free from poverty, which is based on human rights, leaves no one behind, and brings both people and the planet at the center, thus setting us on a path that is profoundly sustainable in all the three dimensions of sustainable development.

Secondly, the SDGs constitute an indivisible and integrated set of global priorities. It is important to ensure a balanced approach to the goals and targets and consistency in references.

Thirdly, we find that is should be more clearly stated that the Addis Ababa Action Agenda is an integral part of the universal post-2015 agenda. This should be supported by a clear and balanced vision for the means of implementation based on the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and thus include both financial and non-financial means of implementation. It should also reflect the primary responsibility of countries and the central place of domestic action and policies. Furthermore, we do not see the need for the new paragraph on families (§38) in this section and therefore call for its deletion.

Fourthly, follow up and review is essential for the effective implementation of the agenda. This is also includes accountability which we do not see as constituting a contradiction to implementation. The paragraphs (42-43) on follow-up and review still need more vision and ambition and should include reference to the engagement of all stakeholders.

Lastly, we believe gender equality and the human rights of all girls and women should be at the centre of our agenda and properly reflected in the preamble as well as throughout the text. On this basis, the introduction should clearly state that all legal, social and economic barriers to women’s empowerment should be removed. Ensuring the human rights of women and girls also includes universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights.

As a final comment, Mr. co-facilitators, we welcome the reference in paragraph 22 to the empowerment of vulnerable sections of the population. We believe that the text should reflect that indigenous peoples are not just vulnerable but also have resources and capacities that can drive sustainable development.

Thank you.