President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Pres. Sirleaf Urges National Responses To 2030 Agenda
MONROVIA, September 28 (LINA) - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has told world leaders that the successful implementation of the 2030 Development Agenda will depend largely on the concrete measures taken at the sub-national, national, regional and global levels.
“We must craft ambitious national responses towards the implementation of the agenda. We must set in motion national processes that will guide member states’ efforts to integrate and domesticate the new agenda into local content that will engender national ownership in the implementation process.
Strong follow-up and review mechanism will enhance an effective implementation process where citizens have the means to access their countries’ progress in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” she said.
According to a dispatch, the Liberian leader made the statement in New York when she addressed the High-Level Plenary Meeting of the UN General Assembly where world leaders had gathered to adopt the SDGs as the new global agenda to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) at the end of 2015.
She disclosed that the new global development agenda is the result of the most consultative process in history; noting that the negotiations culminated in the consensus document, “Transforming our World, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”
President Sirleaf told the world leaders that the consultations and negotiations spanned many years, starting with the 2010 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Summit to the 2012 Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development which “crafted a vision of the future we want,” stressing also that the SDGs and targets were formulated following protracted negotiations in 2013 and 2014.
She paid a deserving tribute to the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon for his leadership in guiding the process and expressed how honored she was in 2013 to serve, along with Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom and President Susilu Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia as one of the three co-chairs of the Secretary General’s High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the
The Liberian Chief Executive also recalled that 15 years ago the MDGs was launched with a vision to build a better world and that at the Millennium Summit in September 2000 the world set time-bound targets to address critical challenges confronting the world.
She expressed gratitude that the new global development agenda calls attention to the unfinished business of the MGDs while broadening the vision to incorporate new challenges. This, she said, is why the global community contributed to making the agenda a reality.
In Africa, President Sirleaf pointed out, that a High-Level Committee was established by the African Union in 2013, which she was honored to chair and reported that the committee also launched a consultative process culminating into the adoption of the Common African Position reflecting the priorities of the African continent.
“I am very pleased to acknowledge today, that our priorities are substantially integrated into both the 2015 Agenda and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda. Together these documents demand a universal commitment to the shared vision of eradicating poverty and hunger, safeguarding our planet and opening the doors to prosperity for the benefit of people everywhere,” President Sirleaf noted.