President of the General Assembly appoints Co-Facilitators for negotiations on post-2015 development agenda

HE Sam K Kutesa, President of the UN General Assembly, has written to UN Permanent Representatives to announce his appointment of David Donoghue, Permanent Representative of Ireland, and Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya, as the co-facilitators "to lead open, inclusive, and transparent consultations on the post-2015 development agenda, including the organization and modalities for the intergovernmental negotiations and the remaining issues related to the Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda."

As reported in the IISD Sustainable Development Policy & Practice, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan said, "I discussed the possibility of this appointment during my recent visit to the UN in New York and made it clear that the Irish Government would be strongly supportive. This significant new role will build on Ireland's important work on international development during our EU Presidency in 2013, and on the MDGs at the United Nations. I know that Ambassador Donoghue and his team will take on the challenge with great commitment, and they will have the strong support of the Department and Ireland's entire diplomatic network." 

It should be noted that the sustainable development goals (SDGs) comprise one of the elements of the new development agenda are the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Ambassador Kamau’s recent comments on the process going forward are included in the posting OWG Co-Chairs reflect on sustainable development.

It is expected that the post-2015 development agenda will be adopted during a Summit of world leaders in New York in September 2015. 


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