The Secretary-General received today the Report of his High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The report was delivered at a ceremony attended by Panel co-Chair President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia on behalf of his fellow co-Chairs, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia and Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom. The Secretary-General expressed his gratitude to the co-Chairs for their leadership and to the Panel Members for their diligence and commitment.
The Secretary-General praised the Panel for its inclusive approach and extensive consultations over the past year. He welcomed the Panel's recognition that the post-2015 development agenda should be universal, applying to North and South alike, and be infused with a spirit of partnership based on equity, cooperation and mutual accountability.
He commended the transformative shifts identified by the Report, specifically the call to put sustainability at the centre of the post-2015 development agenda. He emphasized that sustainability is not just an environmental matter, but an approach that would integrate the economic, social and environmental dimensions of development, as agreed at the Rio + 20 Conference.
The Secretary-General welcomed the attention to youth, as well as to inclusive growth and employment creation. The Secretary-General also welcomed the Report's recognition that peace, human rights, rule of law and good governance are core foundations for development
The Secretary-General stated that the Report is an important milestone and provides a substantial contribution to the post-2015 debate as Member States continue their deliberations on a new development agenda.
The Secretary-General transmitted a copy of the Report to the President of the General Assembly for circulation to all Member States. The Report will also be made public later today.