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STATEMENT
BY
CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY
Ms. DIANA ALI AL-HADID
FIRST SECRETARY
BEFORE THE TENTH SESSION OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
OPEN WORKING GROUP ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
INDICATIVE DEBATE ON CONSOLIDATION OF FOCUS AREAS,
FOCUSING ON POSSIBLE GOALS AND TARGETS:
"GENDER EQUALITY AND WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT,
EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT AND DECENT WORK FOR ALL,
HEALTH AND POPULATION DYNAMICS"
NEW YORK, 1 APRIL 2014
Co-Chairs,
At the outset, I wish to begin by expressing my sincere
appreciation for all your efforts. My delegation aligns itself with the
statement delivered by the G77 and China and wishes to add the
following remarks:
- The post-20 l 5 framework represents a vital opportunity to build
on the current rnomentum and ensure that gender equality remains a
universal priority. Women's empowerment is underscored as a
crucial issue and while education and health are among the most
important means of empowering women, breaking down barriers
that impede women's empowerment and targeting initiatives that
increase womien' s opportunities including through improving
access to financial services and developing new financial
instruments that respond to women's needs are main factors for
attaining greater progress.
- Achieving Education for All remains a significant, yet unfinished
agenda. For that reason, adopting a broader and a more holistic
view of education and training, requires strengthened efforts that
ensure equitabl1e and inclusive access to quality learning at all levels
in addition to creating links between education as well as training
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programs and employment opportunities to facilitate the transition
from education to work.
- Decent work for all has been recognized by many as a priority in
the development agenda. Issues of decent work are pertinent as
there are unacceptably high levels of youth unemployment. The
ILO Decent V/ ork Agenda provides a useful reference for the
Understanding of decent work and progress on its implementation.
-Strategies for building productive capacity and attaining decent
work as well as policy measures contained in the Global Jobs Pact
have succeeded in quality employment generation.
- On health, vre encourage seeking an agreement on targets that
comprehensive:ly reflects the cross-cutting issues. Health system
responses need to recognize the underlying complexities and
connections between the NCDs and mental health conditions.
- It is also intportant to reflect the rights, issues and needs of
persons with disabilities by ensuring that the status quo of persons
with disabilities is included and mainstreame~ as a specific priority
as well as a cross-cutting theme throughout the agenda. In this way,
we will not on1y be answering to the repeated calls of people with
disabilities, but will also be countering the negative prevalent
perception of them being part of a group often labeled as"
vulnerable" and in need of benefits.
- We would also recommend the inclusion of a target to reduce
road deaths within the Post-2015 Development Goals. The UN
Decade of action for Road Safety 2011-2020 is promoting cost
effective solutions proven to reduce road casualties. However, more
remains to be done to integrate it into the wider sustainable
development agenda. There is very limited international funding or
policy support to catalyze national action plans and to help build
capacity. Such catalytic international support is urgently needed.
- As a cross-cutting issue, road safety and sustainable mobility can
assist in achieving wider health, transport and environmental
objectives, including air pollution, supporting low carbon transport
and enabling the fight against related non-communicable diseases.
If left unaddressed, the situation would constitute an additional
burden on national health systems leading to adverse effects on
development. In this context, there is a need to address those issues
in an integrated approach within the framework for sustainable
development.
- I thank you.
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