HLPF 2016: 18/7 – Session 18 – Challenges of Countries in Special Situations

UN MGCY Statement
High-Level Political Forum
18 July 2016

Session 18: Ensuring that No One is Left Behind: Challenges of countries in special situations

Link to Statement:
2016 HLPF – UN MGCY Statement in Session 18

Thank you for giving us the floor. I am speaking on behalf of the UN Major Group for Children and Youth.

While many countries have seen great progress during the last decades in alleviating poverty, decreasing maternal mortality and achieving the MDGs, states in fragility have often missed out on this progress. The estimated 1,4 billion people who live in fragile contexts should be an absolute priority when it comes to leaving no one behind.

Fragility and conflict is a major threat towards achieving the 2030 Agenda, thereby its implementation should integrate the outcomes of the World Humanitarian Summit and ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment. Sustainable development simply can not be achieved without meeting humanitarian needs and preventing and ending natural and human-induced disasters, including all forms of conflict and violence. We also ask for enhanced attention during the HLPF on the success, challenges and trends in implementation of the Sendai Framework on DRR. This framework is officially reporting to HLPF, and provides us with the solution to reduce the risk of disasters and thereby ensure a platform to build sustainability in disaster prone areas.

The potential and importance of youth and youth-led organisations in prevention and resolution of conflict has been recognised in Security Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security, as well as the Global Compact for Young People in Humanitarian Action. We urge member states to incorporate these outcomes into their resilience and sustainable development plans.

We ask for the monitoring and reporting for the SDGs to be disaggregated to reflect the progress in fragile states and countries in conflict and post-conflict situation. We’d also like to hear the panelists thoughts on how the 2030 agenda can better benefit such states.

Thirty- two landlocked developing countries situated in Africa, Asia, Europe and South America, have to deal with special challenges that are associated with their lack of direct territorial access to the sea. The Vienna Programme in the paragraph 21 refers to the need for overcome the problems faced by landlocked developing countries, through constant partnership with developed countries, and thus contribute to an enhanced rate of sustainable and inclusive growth which can contribute to the eradication of poverty.

Small Island Developing States also face a particular set of challenges. 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 achieve the 2030 Agenda.

The interlinkages between the SAMOA Pathway and the 2030 Agenda are clear. In addition, paragraph 117 [D] of the SAMOA Pathway clearly reference a follow up link to the HLPF. However, there is a total lack of any reporting or review on the SAMOA Pathway at the HLPF, which has instead been addressed by roundtables.

To ensure policy coherence and effective implementation of all sustainable development frameworks, it is essential that the HLPF dedicates much more time to reviewing all the frameworks and processes that are meant to feed into it, including the SAMOA Pathway, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Vienna Programme for Action and the ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment.

Thank you.

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