High-level Thematic Debate on Means of Implementation for a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda

During the High-level Thematic Debate on Means of Implementation for a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda, held in New York on 9-10 February, 2015, participants addressed key issues related to mobilizing implementation means through financial resources, capacity-building, and technology development and transfer. The debate was another step towards reaching agreement on the post-2015 development agenda and securing its effective implementation in the years to come.

H.E. Sam K. Kutesa, President of the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly, opened the debate, stating that he looked forward to the contributions of Member States and stakeholders towards creating a universal development agenda, one that represents a collective commitment to the planet and humankind as a whole.

Participants discussed the need to increase mobilization of financial resources on a global scale, emphasizing international trade and public-private partnerships for efficient and effective implementation. Furthermore, a clear and unified understanding as to the means of implementation is imperative to the lasting success of a transformative post-2015 agenda.

H.E. Mr. Jan Eliasson, Deputy-Secretary-General of the United Nations, stressed that today’s financing and investment patterns will not be enough to deliver sustainable development. In order to eradicate extreme poverty, ambitious social, economic and environmental investments will need to be made available through the unified will of international authorities. Only through intensified cooperation we will be able to change the way finance for development works.

The debate also addressed the need to strengthen the abilities and capacities of developing countries to ensure enabling environments for implementation of the post-2015 development agenda domestically.

Overall, participants stressed the need to create coherence and synergy between the three major intergovernmental processes currently underway; the post-2015 development agenda negotiations, the discussions on financing for development and efforts to reach a new climate change agreement.

President Kutesa will prepare and circulate a President’s Summary of the proposed actions, measures, policies and recommendations made by participants at the debate. As a result, the summary will further the preparatory process towards both the Financing for Development conference, to be held in Addis Ababa on 13-16 July, 2015, and ultimately the post-2015 development agenda negotiations.