Intervention by Ambassador Katalin Bogyay on September 1, 2015 at the General Assembly plenary meeting, Action on draft resolution to transmit the outcome document to the Summit for adoption of the 2030 Development Agenda.
Excellences, Honourable Delegates,
Hungary welcomes the Outcome Document and greatly values the consensus in transmitting it to the Summit for adoption of the 2030 Development Agenda.
The ambitious and transformative package in front of us represents the best chance to build a people and planet centered future with hope, including for future generations, of not only survival, but prosperity and general well-being.
Important milestones led to this consensus, such as the formulation of goals and targets in the Open Working Group. Since Hungary has been honoured to guide that process together with Kenya, I now sincerely thank all Member States and all stakeholders for the ideas, contributions, collaboration, and trust that my delegation has enjoyed.
As a result of the successful Conference on Financing for Development in Addis, Ethiopia and the intergovernmental negotiations under the stellar stewardship of Kenya and Ireland, everything is ready for the adoption of the agenda, putting our world on sustainable path.
Our first and foremost task is to strengthen the authority of this agenda by adopting it with resounding unity, and in its entirety, with a common pledge to jointly turn our words into deeds.
Development is action, not words. Our common future is at stake now.Hungary is determined to take its share of responsibility for ending poverty and hunger, ensuring prosperity for all, freeing the world from fear and want. We believe in creating virtuous cycles by meeting responsibilities and bringing to the common table what we can offer.
Development is partnership. Implementation should be built on a true Global Partnership, involving all stakeholders, governments, private sector, NGOs, academia, all folks of life, the North and the South, with “fit for purpose” United Nations in the center.
First and foremost, development is human development, of the people; by the people; and for the people. Only development, where people are both the drivers and recipients of development, where interests of future generations are safeguarded, can be sustainable.
Governments, Parliaments, national implementation plans may go a long way to chart the path. But accomplishing what has to be done will require true involvement and ownership of people, communities and humanity in general.
For that, as I always say, we need effective communication at all levels, translation of complex goals into programs that people can relate to, and mobilized by. People must believe in this agenda, furthermore, they must believe that it’s them, who can achieve it.
In order to do that, we the UN people, and we the Member States, better start now to translate the abstract vision in an inspiring way in order to mirror the true will and interests of people. At the end we can only achieve the future that people truly believe in.
Thank you for your attention.