Detailing his priorities for the 67th UN General Assembly, President Vuk Jeremic said he will join Brazil in its efforts to form the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, and work to ensure that the process is combined and complementary with the post-2015 development agenda, which will put forward a list of goals in May 2012.
3 October 2012: Vuk Jeremic, President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), detailed his priorities for the Assembly’s 67th Session, saying his first priority is the “post-2015 development agenda.” He noted the UNGA’s mandate, from the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), to be in charge of follow-up to the Conference, including the formation of the Open Working Group (OWG) on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Jeremic said he will take responsibility for determining the members of the 30-member OWG, in a joint effort alongside Brazil’s Permanent Representative. In that capacity, he will seek to ensure that the process is fully complementary and combined with the process around the post-2015 development agenda.
He said he will work to make sure the work of the OWG and the High-Level Panel (HLP) on the Post-2015 Development Agenda is not separate, “let alone diverging.”
Jeremic said he expected the HLP to “put forward next May the list of the post-2015 goals.”
Other priorities for this session include: the overall theme of “A Peaceful Settlement of International Conflicts;” enhancing the role of the UN Alliance of Civilizations; and creating a consultative mechanism between the UNGA and the Group of 20 (G20) to give all countries – “the G173” – in the world more prominence in global economic governance. Jeremic said he will convene a high-level debate on this potential mechanism in 2013. [UN Press Release] [Summary of Press Conference] [Webcast of Press Conference]