Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals Meets in New York

New York
Monday, December 9, 2013

The Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals met at the United Nations today to discuss means of implementation of science and technology knowledge-sharing and capacity building.  The Open Working Group is tasked with producing a report in 2014 on the Sustainable Development Goals for inclusion in the world's Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Speaking in Fiji's capacity as 2013 Chair of the Group of 77 and China, Fiji's Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Peter Thomson, stressed the pivotal importance of science, technology and innovation for eradicating poverty and achieving sustainable development.  He said that science, technology and innovation can be the "game-changer" of the socio-economic situation of developing countries.

Ambassador Thomson said the Group believes, "It is difficult to envisage how a transformational change in the framework of sustainable development goals and the Post-2015 Development Agenda could take place without a break-through in international cooperation in the field of technology transfer."  He said there was an urgent need for a technology mechanism that can accelerate technology transfer on a global scale in order to meet the sustainable development challenge.

Fiji's Permanent Representative highlighted the importance of financial resources for the implementation of Post-2015 Development Agenda.   He said the Group of 77 reiterated its position that the Monterrey and Doha conferences on financing for development are a strong foundation for a Post-2015 Development Agenda financing strategy.  In this context he said the Group believed it was "imperative that a permanent and effective sovereign debt workout mechanism must be created to solve the debt problem."

Ambassador Thomson said the Group recognises official development assistance (ODA) as an important source of public financing for developing countries. He expressed grave concern that ODA had fallen for two consecutive years, by a total of 6% in real terms.

Fiji's Ambassador told the Open Working Group that the Group of 77 believes that in  addition to linking the means of implementation to each Sustainable Development Goal, "Science, technology and innovation must be an integral part of the overall Post-2015 Development Agenda.  Such approach will effectively empower efforts needed at all levels in order to increase innovation capacities, technology transfer and scientific capacity-building in developing countries".

Ambassador Thomson addresses the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals

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