MMS Statement –  High level Meeting of ECOSOC with IMF, WB, WTO and UNCTAD on Global partnership for sustainable Development in the context of Post 2015 Agenda

 Thank you Mr. President! I represent the Medical Mission Sisters and a member of the NGO committee on Financing For Development  and Mining Working Group.

I would like to draw your attention, to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 2014 assessment on measures to mitigate climate change, just released in Berlin. Among its main findings is that the concentration of greenhouse gasses have grown more quickly during the last decade than the previous three decades. Globally, economic and population growth continue to be the most important drivers of increases in CO2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion. The panel analyzed the causes for this increase in the main economic sectors: energy, transport, among others. CO2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion and industrial processes contributed about 78 per cent of the total GHG emission. For an inclusive and sustainable development, global partnership is inevitable particularly to address the growing inequality, Climate change and its impacts on people living in poverty and the less fortunate. We need to wake up before it is too late. The unsustainable consumption and Economic growth has cost on our planet!

In order to address these challenges, we need partnerships and our recommendations are:

#     Universal provision of social services- invest  in health and education and social protection by ensuring public funding is critical for reducing poverty. Currently more than 76 per cent of the world’s population continues to live without adequate social protection coverage.

#  According to the OECD, developing countries are losing far more through tax dodging than they receive in ODA.  We welcome the steps taken at the G20 meeting in Cannes last November to tackle global tax dodging. However, these steps were not enough and we recommend a more progressive tax system that helps to reduce income inequality while increasing social cohesion and stability. It is in line with the shared prosperity Goal of the World Bank.

#      The mobilization of financial resources for development and the effective use of all of those resources are central to the global partnership for development. The post-2015 development agenda should be underpinned by a strong and comprehensive financing framework, based on the Monterrey Consensus and Doha Declaration.

#     We urge that all governments assert their ultimate responsibility in protecting, respecting and fulfilling the human rights and interests of their peoples.

#     We need partnership to design and implement policies that will move us towards low-carbon economies and societies, by phasing out fossil fuel to renewable energies.

#      We welcome partnership with private sector and  share the same concerns of the  Center for Economic and Social Rights which says “There is no doubt that the private sector does have an important role to play in driving economic dynamism and a healthy job market, but it is only when such profit-seeking activity is balanced by a strong and stable regulatory and accountability frameworks, on a level playing field and in equal partnership with the other actors involved, that we can realistically expect it to contribute to the world we all need’.

We need to address the root causes of Poverty and conflict, the structures and policies that drive inequality and poverty need to be tackled in order to achieve a sustainable world. Last week in DC I heard the WB President Dr. Kim say “Development, Security and Peace go together”. We urge all multilateral institutions to work together toward achieving this universal goal coordinated by the UN.

In conclusion, the core of the post 2015 agenda need to be based on human right and  Government’s commitments on tackling global asymmetries in areas such as trade, debt, finance, ODA and taxation that represent the international enabling conditions and mobilize resources to achieve sustainable development.

I thank you for your attention!

Celine Paramunda    April 14th UN HQ

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