Mrs. Dewi Savitri Wahab
Permanent Mission of the Republic of Indonesia
the Informal meeting on the preparation of the 2010 High-level Plenary
Meeting on the MDGs’ Outcome Document
29 April 2010
I should like to thank you for convening this meeting.
I would also like to associate with the intervention made by the Permanent Representative of Yemen on behalf of the G77 and China.
Allow me to add some of Indonesia’s preliminary thoughts.
On the issue of structure, as highlighted in Your Excellencies’ joint letter, resolution of 64/184 provides the structural and substantive framework and parameters for the outcome document. With only 5 years left until our target date, it is critical for the outcome document to be structured as a roadmap with clear and doable strategies for actions.
With regard to the overall message, it is important to put into context our massage on the progress, challenges, obstacles and opportunities in achieving the MDGs by 2015. We must recognize that there have been tremendous changes in the global economy over the last few years. The nature and role of multilateral, regional, and bilateral cooperation and partnerships have greatly evolved. The MDGs should therefore not be portrayed as issues of concern for only certain organization, region or governments. Everyone in the global community must recognize their obligations and contribute toward the achievement of the MDGs.
It is also important to avoid formulating new frameworks or structures. We must instead intensify use of those approaches that have proven successful and rectify strategies and actions that have proven less so. Our efficiency in attaining the MDGs will also benefit from a close monitoring of the progress being made towards meeting the 2015 deadline.
In prescribing strategies for all stakeholders, such action agenda must address the obstacles and challenges currently faced. This will help to ensure that the required interventions, attention, funding and capacities are sufficiently targeted to the attainment of MDGs by 2015.
In this regard, the financing gap on MDGs must be addressed in a comprehensive manner. The challenge is for the outcome document not to merely concentrate on increasing funding through traditional and currently available sources, but direct attention to innovative financing mechanisms. This can lessen the strain on the limited resources, particularly during times of economic uncertainty. Addressing financing should also be done in line with the Financing for Development framework.
Finally, we regard the issue of transforming policies, institutions, and financial support as an important part of the outcome document. MDG policies are yet to be fully mainstreamed into national and international development agendas, strategies and policies. The global economic crisis has unleashed waves of reforms. The outcome document could provide political inputs and directions to the reforms that is currently being undertaken at the international and national level so as to better support the achievement of the MDGs.
I thank you.
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