August 19, 2016

TOWARDS PROSPERITY — 193 UN member states adopt Post-2015 Development Agenda

Two Foreign Ministers exchanging MoU on the Technical Cooperation between Myanmar and Colombia. Photo: MOFA
Two Foreign Ministers exchanging MoU on the Technical Cooperation between Myanmar and Colombia. Photo: MOFA

The Post-2015 Development Agenda was unanimously adopted by 193 UN member states at the first day of the Plenary Meetings of the United Nations Summit for the Adoption of the Agenda being held on 25 to 27 September 2015 in New York, United States of America, during the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.
Leaders from the member and observer states of the United Nations, representatives from the organizations related to the United Nations, Non-Governmental Organizations and world leading business associations were present at the occasion. The leaders and representatives from the member states delivered statements regarding challenges, progress and unfinished businesses of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), ongoing challenges, and future plans and inputs for implementing the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
Union Minister for Foreign Affairs U Wunna Maung Lwin delivered a statement on the second day of the Summit. In his statement, the Union Minister underscored that the adopted document entitled “Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” which is the result of intensive and inclusive preparations and negotiations of nearly two years by all stakeholders is based on the unfinished goals of the MDGs of the past 15 years guiding the development efforts for the coming 15 years. He said Myanmar is paying greater attention to enhancing investments in education, health, water and sanitation systems and creation of employment, among others,  and has increased annual budget allocation for those sectors, while implementing the MDGs. Myanmar had made its utmost efforts to overcome the challenges in fulfilling the MDGs like other developing countries and is confident that it would likewise be able to address the future challenges in collaboration with the UN and other development partners, the Union Minister said.
Union Minister U Wunna Maung Lwin and Colombia Foreign Minister Mrs. Maria Angela Holguin Cuellar signed the MoU on the Technical Cooperation between Myanmar and Colombia in the morning of 26 September 2015 at the United Nations.
In line with the objectives of the MoU, Myanmar and Colombia will cooperate to strengthen the existing ties of friendship between the two countries by promoting the preparation and execution of programs, projects and any other forms of technical cooperation in areas of mutual interest in accordance with their national legislation.
The Union Minister met the Netherlands Foreign Minister Mr. Bert Koenders in the afternoon. During the meeting, they exchanged views to promote bilateral relations and cooperation between the two countries in the regional and international arena.
The Union Minister also attended the Special High-level Event on “A New Rural Development Paradigm and the Inclusive and Sustainable New Communities Model inspired by the Saemaul Undong” jointly organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of the Republic of Korea. The event was also attended by the President of the Republic of Korea Ms. Park Geun-Hye, the Presidents from Peru, Lao PDR, Vietnam and Rawanda, United Nations Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Foreign Ministers, UNDP Administrator Ms. Helen Clark and senior representatives.—MNA


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