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Troika slams global mismatch

2013 Dec 12

Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan have raised concerns over what they say is a mismatch in the international community’s deliberation over the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and the post-2015 development agenda so far.

Dr Palitha Kohona, the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka speaking on behalf of India-Pakistan and Sri Lanka at the UN said that global partnerships and means of implementation are key parts of the SDG package.

He said the challenge in the view of India-Pakistan and Sri Lanka is to translate these words into meaningful action.

“The global partnership we are seeking to craft under the SDGs must be a strengthened one and must be able to go beyond rhetoric,” he said.

He also said that a global partnership must be built on fundamental principles such as special and differentiated treatment for developing countries, common but differentiated responsibilities, and special focus on countries in special situations.

The Ambassador said the integration of these principles would be critical in addressing the newer challenges such as climate change, energy, transport etc.

“In our view, it is critical that we establish both international and national level mechanisms for effective implementation and monitoring of the Global Partnership. At the international level, we could look at an intergovernmental setup including key institutions such as the HLPF, the PGA, the UN Secretary-General, World Bank, WTO, ILO, IMF and other international agencies to monitor and review progress,” he added.

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