2015 presents a tremendous opportunity for sustainable development with the upcoming UN Assembly in September to decide on the Sustainable Development Goals and the UNFCCC’s COP meeting on climate change. Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark, said the outcomes of these major processes are “a once in a generation opportunity to push forward global actions to eradicate extreme poverty and inequality, build resilience, and reduce carbon emissions – outcomes that must go hand in hand.”
“We see 2015 as a huge opportunity to advance the global sustainable development agenda,” said Helen Clark opening the first regular session of the Executive Board.
Member States and the heads of UNOPS and UNFPA emphasized the momentous nature of this year, with the confluence of a number of important global processes, and recognized UNDP’s overall leadership role in the response to crisis situations and in the post-2015 process.
“Through the advancement of sustainable development goals, there is a real chance to address some of the major challenges of the world, to underscore the fundamental concept of working towards a fair and just society,” said Grete Faremo, Executive Director of UNOPS.
In his opening comments to the Executive Board, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA said “2015 offers a new opportunity for the world to galvanize around a common and uniting agenda – a promise to, and for the future.”