Work with a new sense of urgency and collaboration: UN General Assembly president tells member states

John W. Ashe_68th GA PresidentNew York – The new President of the United Nations General Assembly, H.E. John W. Ashe has asked Member States of the UN to work with a new sense of urgency and collaboration to enable them meet their ambitious agenda of building a new and meaningful development agenda, which both protects our planet and creates equity, justice and prosperity for people the whole world over.  He said the 68th session of the UN General Assembly, which opened yesterday, September 17, will be pivotal as it seeks to identify the parameters of the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Ambassador John W. Ashe made these remarks in his opening address to the General Assembly.

Ambassador John W. Ashe of Antigua and Barbuda, who was elected President on 14 June 2013, noted that the theme for the 68th session of the General Assembly is “The Post 2015 Development Agenda: Setting the Stage! Consequently he would convene three High-level Events and three Thematic Debates to set the “…stage for the strongest possible global development agenda – one that fully respects all people on this our shared planet.”

The three High-level Events will 1) Discuss the role of women, youth and civil society in the post 2015 Development Agenda, 2) Explore the contributions of Human Rights and the Rule of Law in the post-2015 Development Agenda and 3) Look at the contributions of South-South, Triangular Cooperation and ICT for Development in the Post 2015 Development Agenda.

With regard to the thematic debates, deliberations will be centred on global partnership for development, ensuring stable and peaceful societies in the post-2015 development framework and the roles of Water, Sanitation and Sustainable Energy in the post-2015 Development Agenda.

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