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Fijian Envoy Delivers Statement at UN on Sustainable Development Goals

New York
Monday, November 25, 2013

Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Peter Thomson, has urged the global community to recognise that inclusive and sustained economic growth is absolutely necessary for the imperative of poverty eradication.

Speaking in Fiji’s capacity as the Chair of the Group of 77 and China, Ambassador Thomson addressed the 5th Session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development at the UN this morning. He reminded participants that global commitments towards sustainable development must incorporate the challenges faced by developing countries.  He said that the economic pillar of sustainable development had been neglected under the MDGs.

Ambassador Thomson said that the challenge for the SDG process and the Post-2015 development agenda is to incorporate macroeconomic issues to ensure the kind of inclusive growth that generates decent jobs and gives opportunities for all segments of society.

In his statement, Ambassador Thomson said the Group of 77 believed that, “In whatever formulation the SDGs may take shape, it is important that macroeconomic policy issues be recognised as of an enabling environment.” He said the Group reiterated that SDGs must reflect the different national realities, capacities and development plans of developing countries.

Fiji’s Ambassador acknowledged that energy is a critical element of sustainable development and that one in five people in the world still have no access to electricity. “We urge countries, particularly industrialised countries, to refrain from excessive and wasteful consumption of energy. We also urge effective measures, both at the national and international levels, to address national energy deficits through the development of new energy sources, especially renewable energies, and the development of appropriate technologies relating to energy.”

Ambassador Thomson’s statement also addressed the importance of the multilateral trading system embodied in the rules-based World Trade Organisation (WTO). He said the Group of 77 holds the view that “in order to ensure effective functioning of the multilateral trading system, one that benefits all countries, particularly developing countries, the WTO must undertake serious institutional reforms. These reforms should focus on addressing the Organisation's structural bias, unfair rules as well as the substantial power asymmetries in negotiations between developed and developing countries.”



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