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UN Summit for Adoption of Post-2015 Development Agenda

Published: 26 September 2015

IFRC SECRETARY GENERAL, ELHADJ AS SY

Formal Statement

UN Summit for Adoption of Post-2015 Development Agenda

New York, 25 September 2015

 


Mr. President, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, 

On behalf of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, thank you for the opportunity to address this historic Summit. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is ambitious, universal, holistic and more inclusive.

We are pleased with the emphasis that is placed on the most vulnerable and most marginalized. We welcome as well the strong focus on resilience, recognizing that the risks of disaster, humanitarian crises, and global health epidemics have the potential to reverse hard-won development gains. These issues, as well as forced displacement, migration, violence, peace, and human rights and human dignity must be addressed if we are to achieve sustainable development.

Mr. President,

There are an estimated 250 million people affected by humanitarian crises. We are seeing an increase in the intensity, frequency and unpredictability of disasters, often as a result of climate change and unplanned urbanization. Over the past two years, we have been reminded yet again of the threat posed by international health emergencies that are a result of underdeveloped health sectors. Tens of millions of people are affected by conflicts that are becoming more and more protracted, stretching the capacity and imagination of humanitarian organizations. There are an estimated 60 million people who are forcibly displaced, half of whom are children. This is the highest level since the end of the Second World War. In recent weeks, I have recently visited many borders in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, and seen first-hand the terrible human toll of a refugees and migrants crisis that is testing our shared humanity. If we are to truly “leave no one behind”, then this new post-2015 agenda must  address the needs of people affected by humanitarian crises.

Mr. President,

This ambitious agenda needs to be backed by sufficient resources. As the World Bank and IMF have said, we must go “from billions to trillions” if we have any hope of delivering on the promises we are making here. In order to do this, we will have to scale up our ambition and diversify our sources of funding.

Also more resources must be driven to the local level, where needs are greatest and services are delivered to address the needs of the most vulnerable and hardest to reach.

Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, through our trained staff and 17 million volunteers, we are permanently present in communities, and work across a continuum of development and humanitarian settings to serve the most vulnerable.

This unparalleled presence is enhanced by the auxiliary status to the public authorities, and complemented by the solidarity and universality of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. Our Movement is therefore uniquely and powerfully placed to drive meaningful and sustainable change at the community level, by building and strengthening resilience.

Mr. President,

We happily endorse the 2030 Agenda, and our network stands ready to partner with governments, UN agencies, civil society, the corporate sector and communities themselves to turn this ambition into a reality.

Thank you.

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