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European Commission


Brussels, 31 May 2013

EU Commissioner Piebalgs commends an "ambitious and inspiring" final report of the UN High Level Panel on the post-2015 development agenda

The final report of the United Nations High Level Panel on the post-2015 development agenda - on which I have had the honour to serve - provides a valuable contribution to the on-going debate on the post-2015 agenda. The report is the result of a substantial variety of views and I'm proud that 27 panellists could shape such vision and proposals which are both ambitious and inspiring.

It sets out a universal agenda to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030 and ensures sustainable development of the planet. I'm particularly pleased that the Panel recognized the need for a single agenda embodying these two strands. Building on the lessons learned from the current Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and taking into account the follow up of the Rio+20 outcome, the Panel makes it clear that the post-2015 framework should address the whole range of root causes of poverty and unsustainable development, including equality, equity, human rights, peace and stability.

The report highlights that the new agenda should apply to every country and every citizen; it should be truly universal in its application and coverage. Poverty alleviation and putting the planet on a sustainable course are relevant to everyone.

The report rightly points out that in order to achieve these goals, the main responsibility should lie with the Member States of the United Nations. It also recommends that a new Global Partnership be established, which should include all players—governments at all levels, the private sector, civil society and citizens.

We now look forward to the forthcoming UN Special Event on MDGs in September 2013. The immediate priority remains to finish the unfinished business and to make all efforts to achieve the current Millennium Development Goals by 2015.

It is possible to eradicate poverty within a generation and ensure a sustainable development for all by 2030. The EU will continue to be at the forefront of this on-going endeavour.

For more information:

Press release of the UN High level Panel:

UN Centre News Story:

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