UN MGCY Statement
High-Level Political Forum
14 July 2016
Session 13: Making the 2030 Agenda deliver for SIDS, building on the SAMOA Pathway
Link to Statement:
2016 HLPF – UN MGCY Statement in Session 13
Thank you moderator for giving the floor. I am speaking on behalf of Major Group for Children and Youth.
In regards to the SIDS and the Samoa pathway we would like to share some of our views.
Children and youth within SIDS countries are in specifically vulnerable situations.
In July 2015, a UN article mentioned “it was a moral obligation to ensure that the future of everyone’s children was safe and secure.” President Kiribati emphasized, “For their sake, we must do the right thing.’”
Bolstering national structures by creating effective programming that aligns the targets of the SDGs with the action areas of the Samoa Pathway will enable SIDS to deliver the 2030 Agenda.
The interlinkages of SAMOA Pathway with the Agenda 2030 are reflected, particularly in the environment dimension.
Goal 13 encourages member states to tackle climate change. Goal 13 expands on Paragraph 32 of the SAMOA Pathway, which addresses the negative effects of climate change.
Goal 14 builds on Para 18 of the SAMOA Pathway, which calls for “for the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and seas and their resources”. It also builds on Para 53-58 of the SAMOA pathway, calling for the regulation and protection of the ocean. Goal 14 enables the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and water bodies protects these water bodies from overuse by humans, thereby preserving marine ecosystems, aquatic natural resources, water-based biodiversity, and ultimately thwarting climate change.
Even though the interlinkages are clear and the para 117 [D] of the SAMOA Pathway clearly reference a follow up link to the HLPF. There is a total lack of any any reporting on the SAMOA Pathway at the HLPF.
We urge a strong commitment to push this forward, in order to ensure that the notions of leaving no one behind is not only valid in terms of nations, groups, individuals, but also in terms of geographical context and reflective frameworks which are often marginalized.
Furthermore, In the SIDS Partnership Dialogue, there is no reference to children or youth.
We advocate that member states, in the context of SIDS work to not leave children behind in the decision-making process.
We have disaggregated data and we need to replenish it with robust data collection and analysis efforts, particularly with disease emerging from the environment and other ecological dangers. Children and youth should be included in this process.
So to recap again-
Instead of more round tables, the HLPF needs to feature reviews on all the frameworks that are meant to feed into it, including the SAMOA Pathway. So we can actually discuss progress on implementation.