Deputy Permanent Representative and Charge D'Affairs A.I., Permanent Mission of Turkey to the United Nations, at the meeting of the 65th Session of the General Assembly on Development Dialogue

Fazlı Çorman 14.06.2011
Mr. President,

Thank you for organizing this timely debate. Turkey aligned itself with the statement made by the distinguished representative of the European Union, but we would also make some additional remarks.

The MDGs have provided the international community with a solid and operational framework for development until 2015. The broad agreement on the time-bound targets reflected the strong political will of world leaders to make a change in the lives of billions of people. Despite this broad agreement on targets, progress has been mixed, with disparities among regions, and even within countries. The high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly in September 2010 gave us a crucial opportunity to review the progress towards the achievement of the MDGs by discussing national and regional experiences, best practices, success stories as well as challenges and gaps. The meeting also demonstrated that concerted efforts and actions are needed to overcome the challenges, including specific and targeted policies, for the timely achievement of the MDGs. Once again, we would like to extend our sincere thanks to the Secretary-General for his leadership in creating the necessary political momentum to reaffirm commitments and to strengthen our partnership to this end.

The MDGs continue to be the main pillars of the current development paradigm. Turkey believes that the United Nations continues to play a critical role in tackling the challenges to development, including raising awareness, mobilization of financial and human resources, as well as coordination of development assistance and monitoring of progress on the ground. We, as the Member States, must continue to fully cooperate with the United Nations in carrying out this huge task.

The MDGs will continue to guide our development efforts beyond 2015. The spirit of the global partnership must be preserved with dedication and focused efforts. These efforts should not be merely limited to the political sphere and the intergovernmental track. We must mobilize different groups such as parliaments, civil society, private sector, and academia as well as women and youth in order to further revitalize our development agenda for the period after 2015. Ownership of the development processes by all stakeholders is essential in achieving the desired outcomes by delivering results on commitments made.

The Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries held in Istanbul between 9 and 13 May has shown that this is possible. We had very strong participation in the Conference from parliaments, the private sector and civil society which contributed greatly to our work in the intergovernmental track. The academics were able to provide us with food for thought for the upcoming period. Special events involving women highlighted their indispensable role in achieving the internationally agreed development goals, including the MDGs, and making progress towards sustained growth and sustainable development on the ground. The contributions of these groups in the implementation and monitoring of the Istanbul Program of Action will be crucial.

Clearly, the Istanbul Program of Action is a comprehensive and ambitious document, with tangible targets in a wide range of areas. It sets out a cooperation framework involving the UN system and development partners of the LDCs. We believe that the support of emerging economies and the pioneers of South-South Cooperation is important in strengthening this framework. In this regard, we also support the increased involvement of the G-20 in addressing global development challenges of our times.

The LDC4 was the major international conference in 2011 that focused on development issues. We have another major conference coming up in 2012, the Rio+20, which will focus on sustainable development. Our work on the post-2015 development framework will need to derive some essential elements from the IPoA as well as the results of the Rio+20. Coherent and coordinated action, reinforced by ownership at all levels is necessary in charting a new, strong, sustainable and balanced framework for development for the period after 2015. Needless to say, actions need to be complemented with enhanced financial resources at the national, regional and international levels.

Mr. President,

Turkey will continue to fully support the global partnership for development. We will be working with the United Nations system and all development partners to carry the international development agenda forward.

Thank you.