Eesti, Läti ja Leedu ühissõnavõtt ÜRO peaassamblee kõrgetasemelisel arutelul 2015+ päevakava teemal


I have the honor to speak on behalf of Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia. We fully associate ourselves with the EU intervention. We thank the President of the General Assembly for organizing this Stocktaking event.  We commend the work of the Co-chairs of the OWG.

There is a strong consensus that the new development agenda needs to be truly transformative and people-centred. It should tackle the root causes of inequalities for all people, in particular the most vulnerable ones, and a rights-based approach should be at the center of it.

We need to ensure the balance between the three dimensions of sustainable development. In the new development agenda we need to carry forward the best of the MDGs but also address other issues that have proved to be essential for sustainable development and the eradication of poverty – including the rule of law, respect for all human rights, good governance, peace and security. We need to ensure that future goals and targets are universally applicable, while taking into account national circumstances.

Human rights and the rule of law need to be mainstreamed throughout the new agenda. Our development efforts should be guided by universal principles of non-discrimination, equality, participation and accountability. The application of these principles is central to ensuring the empowerment of the poorest and most vulnerable, in particular of women and girls, which in turn contributes to poverty reduction efforts.


We are pleased that a strong consensus emerged around a stand-alone goal on gender equality and the empowerment of women. We strongly support this goal and the integration of gender perspective into all other goals in the post-2015 agenda. Ending all forms of discrimination and violence against women and girls, reducing their share of unpaid care and domestic work, promoting women’s economic empowerment and full, equal and effective participation of women at all levels of decision-making, as well as ensuring universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights are essential to make the post-2015 agenda a success for women and girls.


We maintain our position that the rule of law should be defined at the goal level and adequately reflected in targets and indicators. Effective and accountable institutions that guarantee the rule of law and provide public access to information owned by those institutions are the strongest foundations of wellbeing in every society. Freedom of speech and association, as well as access to independent media, including social media and Internet, are integral parts of good governance and the rule of law. Good governance is important for inclusive and participatory decision-making at both national and international levels. All those elements should be an integral part of the new agenda to make it successful in practice and not only aspirational on paper.


Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia are committed to further constructive cooperation and dialogue with the UN Member States and other partners in developing a truly transformative and people-centred post-2015 agenda.


Thank you.


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