Eesti, Läti ja Leedu ühissõnavõtt kestliku arengu avatud töögrupi 13.istungil (inglise keeles)
have the honor to speak on behalf of Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia.
like to stress again our position that “Fostering peaceful and
inclusive societies” and “Rule of law, effective and capable institutions” should
be addressed as two distinct goals.
align ourselves to the great concerns expressed by the Group of Friends of the
Rule of Law that the current draft does not contain the notion of the
rule of law at goal level. The concept of rule of law both at
the national and international levels has a content that encompasses
significant elements of governance. It ensures the quality of decision-making
processes and application of laws. Therefore, we are of a strong position for
its reinstatement as one of the goals.
we are concerned that the current draft of goal 16 does not include any mention
of good governance (also Romania, France). Such a central concept, which has
strong interlinkages with the majority of goals and is vital for the long-term
success of the post-2015 framework should be appropriately
reflected in goal 16.
We call for
the inclusion of “ending sexual violence and other gender based violence in
conflict and post conflict settings” in target 16.1 – at least at
We welcome the
current target 16.4, but as the former target 16.6 has
been removed and good governance is
absent from in the goal 16 per se, we call for the explicit inclusion of
“good governance” in target 16.4.
Indicators for this target should explicitly mention the engagement of civil society,
youth, academic and private sector in decision-making.
draft of target 16.3 encompasses too many separate targets. We suggest
to define fight against corruption as a separate target with a focus on
regulatory requirements, namely: “Ensure the adoption and implementation of an
appropriate legal framework and national policies to reduce corruption”.
16.5 we continue to call for a separate indicator on fight against
The current version of target 16.7 should be revised in
stronger terms as freedom of information is vital for the development of civil
society and fostering of sustainable growth. We propose to use a stronger word
“ensure” instead of “promote” (also Mexico, Finland). We also stress the need
to reinsert a clause with regard to information – “to government data” and
explicitly add “to independent media and the open internet”. We call for
re-instatement of the currently excluded target 16.15 to “ensure that all laws
are publicized and accessible by all”.
We call for the reinstatement of the
former target 16.11 and current 16.a to “develop effective, accountable
and transparent public institutions at all levels” with a term “democratic”
included. As we stated in our speech in the previous OWG session, this is a
central element of the rule of law as a principle of governance. This target is
a substantive one, not Means of Implementation, therefore it should be reinstated
separate target under goal 16.