Opening ceremony of the workshop for post 2015 development.

18 sept. 2013

Address by Ms Barbara Bentein, Acting Resident Coordinator of the Operational activities of the United Nations system in the DRC, on the occasion of the official opening ceremony of the workshop to validate the analytical report on the national consultations for the international agenda for post 2015 development.

Your Excellency, the Minister of Planning and monitoring the implementation of the revolution of modernity,
Your Excellencies Members of Government,
Your Excellencies the Ambassadors and Heads of Mission of Cooperation, International Organizations and Agencies of the United Nations System,
Ladies and gentlemen, representatives of the provincial authorities,
Distinguished representatives of civil society organizations, universities and research centers,
Ladies and gentlemen, in your official capacities,

It is with great pleasure that I speak today on behalf of my colleagues from UN agencies, and in general, on behalf of the partners of the DRC, at the opening ceremony for the validation work for the Analytical Report of national consultations to the international agenda for the Post 2015 development.

This meeting is very important to us as it marks the end of a process of reflection, discussion and exchanges which took place through a series of consultations in all the provinces of the country.

Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

It was only 10 months ago, that we, together with the Government and our technical and financial partners, launched the consultative process for the formulation of the contribution of the DRC to the overall development process of the international agenda for development post 2015.

Like the 49 pilot countries identified by the United Nations this year, the actors in the Democratic Republic of Congo, have mobilized themselves and have lead the consultative process through participation and inclusion.

In total, over 615 players from all urban communities and all rural areas took part.

The positive energy generated by all these forces has, as expected, resulted in impressive ideas and proposals. These were included in the summary report which we will be presenting shortly.

I would like, on behalf of the partners and the UN System, to congratulate the authorities of the DRC. Its political will was evident through its strong commitment to the search for appropriate solutions, tailored to bring the DRC on a path of peace, emergence and development.

Also, I would like to sincerely congratulate the Minister of Planning, whose staff and of course that of both its central and its provincial services’ engagement, were critical to the proper functioning of the consultation process.

Last but not least, I would like to pay tribute to all stakeholders without whose contribution, the realization of this work would not be possible.

The DRC continues to play an important role in the emergence and the progress of international initiatives. One of the latest initiatives is the New Deal for engagement in fragile states and in the same vein, the g7 +, whose President was on a working visit to Kinshasa for a few weeks.

I refer to the New Deal, as it is precisely this initiative which is so complementary to the validation of the analytical report, which brings us together today.

The New Deal is a new approach by the international community on issues of peacebuilding and state-building in the context of the goals of the Millennium Declaration.

As you know, in fact, since the adoption of the MDGs in 2000, many changes have marked the progress of human societies. The problem of poverty has become more fluid, and increasingly related to issues of inequality and discrimination which affect large numbers of vulnerable and excluded people.

Moreover, new challenges posed by climate change, population growth, youth employment, migration and urbanization have become important, which was not necessarily anticipated 15 years ago.

Therefore, the Secretary General of the United Nations has stated that the international community should continue to provide support to the acceleration of the MDGs, while discussions on the development program beyond 2015, must already have started.

National consultations of which results are presented to us today were intended to promote participatory and inclusive debate. The goal of the United Nations was that they form the basis and provide ideas for: 

  • Creating a common global vision for the future and bringing this vision to the attention of governments, civil society and stakeholders in large recommendations; 
  • Amplifying the voices of the poor and other excluded groups in the formal negotiations process; and 
  • Supporting intergovernmental processes so that they meet the aspirations of the whole society for action beyond 2015. 

Here I would like to congratulate you on the consultations, as they have covered all provinces of the DRC, and thus have been widely participatory and inclusive. All national development stakeholders, governmental and non-governmental as well as the external partners have contributed to them. And the recommendations resulting from the process are highly relevant.

Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

The dialogue and recommendations have allowed Congolese to appreciate their living conditions, and to anticipate the future of their society through a holistic view of their own responsibilities on ways and means to win the only war that matters for the modern nation: the struggle against poverty and for sustainable and equitable development.

The recommendations are listed in accordance with the guidance of Heads of State and Government from Rio 2012, in the sense that the objectives of the new international agenda should be based on the MDGs, but also on a longer term development perspective.

Thus we understand the relevance of recommendations for consolidating peace, promoting good governance and institutional strengthening, equitable and universal access to basic social services, the promotion of human rights, the rule of law, inclusive economic growth, decent work and sustainable development.

Finally, I would like to assure you that the UN system will do everything possible to support the Government in its role as a pilot, in the co-ordination and implementation of its national and sectorial plans but also in the implementation of the recommendations of the Development Framework post-2015.

This support, we will also extend to non-governmental organizations, parliamentarians, the media, academic institutions, in close cooperation with other development partners.

Thank you for your attention.

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