Statement on behalf of Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia in the General Assembly Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals
Statement on behalf of Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia
delivered by Mr Jānis Mažeiks, Permanent
Representative of the Republic of Latvia
on Means of Implementation/Global Partnership for
and on Peaceful and non-violent societies, rule of law
and capable institutions
I have the honor to speak on behalf of Estonia,
Lithuania and Latvia. We would like to thank the co-chairs for further
elaboration of these two focus areas. Latvia is convinced that a global
partnership and good governance at all levels are crucially important for
achieving poverty eradication and sustainable development.
Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia fully align ourselves
with the statement of the European Union and would like to make the following
remarks in our national capacity:
On the focus area of Means of implementation, we would
like to highlight that the concept of ‘means of implementation’ is inherently
different from all other focus areas discussed, though crucial for the whole
framework. The work on this issue should take full account of the work of the
should be built on the national responsibility and leadership at the country
level and create an enabling environment for the inclusion of all potential
partners to ensure sustainable development.
Rule of law is important at both international and
national levels and is relevant for the sustainable development of any society.
For the reasons explained during the last session of the Group, we strongly believe
that, while keeping interlinkages,
peaceful and stable societies, on the one hand, and good governance, the rule of law and effective institutions, on
the other hand, should be addressed as
two separate goals in the new agenda.
At the same time we
see scope for merging substantively related focus areas to formulate a
limited number of goals - while
maintaining all relevant targets. For example, the current focus areas 13 (marine resources) and 14 (ecosystems and biodiversity) could be merged, as well as the targets
under current focus area 9 (industrialization) could be mainstreamed under focus areas 8 (economic growth,
employment and infrastructure) and 11 (sustainable
consumption and infrastructure).
Under focus area “Rule of Law, capable
institutions”, we particularly support the targets on effective, accountable
and transparent institutions and decrease of corruption, as well as on providing
public services for all. We would also like to make some additional suggestions.
1. We support target on inclusive and participatory decision-making.
In addition, we would like to explicitly mention the engagement of civil society, youth, academia and private sector in
decision-making processes. Youth of
today will be the major beneficiaries of a new framework and will be
responsible for elaboration of a new sustainable framework after 2030.
2. A separate target should address strengthening
local participatory governance. Local level actors are closest to the
people, therefore properly addressing participatory governance and
effectiveness of institutions at local level will facilitate the involvement of
civil society and marginalized groups. This target has also interlinkages with
sustainable cities and human settlements, climate change and disaster risk
are convinced that promoting participation
of women in decision-making processes, as well as addressing women’s justice
and security concerns is an inseparable part of both building peaceful and
inclusive societies and promoting the rule of law. Therefore proper
interlinkages should be reflected with
the Focus area 5 on Gender equality.
4. We also highly support target on reducing crime,
violence and exploitation, particularly of children and women.
consider accountability and fight
against impunity essential for strengthening good governance and the rule
of law at both national and international level, and would like to see those as
realization of all human rights and fundamental freedoms lies at the core of
wellbeing of in every society. However, these rights cannot be realized if justice system is not able to adequately
address human rights violations and provide remedies. Therefore we suggest that
target b) on justice systems should state “independent, effective and responsive justice systems” We call for restoring the previous wording of target b) to include not
only property and tenure rights, but also human rights and gender equality.
believe that freedom of speech and
association, as well as access to independent information and media, including
social media and Internet, are integral parts of good governance and the
rule of law and should be reflected in the targets in a comprehensive manner. Transparency of public institutions and
improved access to the information and data owned by those institutions is
important not only in the financial aspect; therefore we suggest adding these
elements in target d). We also suggest to reformulate target f) under focus
area “Rule of law, capable institutions” as follows: “Ensure freedom of speech and association, as well as access to independent
information and media, including social media and Internet.”
We thank the co-chairs for their work and thank you
for your attention and the fruitful discussions during this session.