The Philippines has called for the post-2015 development agenda to be
responsive to the needs of the poor and marginalized particularly in
Speaking at the recent high-level political forum on sustainable
development at the United Nations, Socioeconomic Planning Sec.Arsenio
Balisacan said much has been achieved over the last 15 years to meet
the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) but that “there is a long path
“Sustainable development has to be responsive to the essential needs
of developing countries, especially the poor, the marginalized and the
vulnerable. This means that we have to make sure that our next steps
will still prioritize those who are in need. At the same time, we have
to be mindful of the needs of the future generations,” he said.
World leaders will gather at the UN in September to adopt a new agenda
for sustainable development as the MDGs reach their deadline this
year. The new development agenda will adopt Sustainable Development
Goals (SDGs) and will guide global policy and funding for the SDGs in
the next 15 years.
Sec. Balisacan stressed that sustainable development also has to do
with managing the limitations that technologies and societies bring
upon the environment.
“It is important to recognize the urgent need to build resilience and
improve the capacities of countries to prepare for and recover from
disasters. Almost two years ago, our country was hit by Typhoon
Haiyan, the strongest tropical cyclone to ever make landfall in
recorded history. Hence, I would like to reiterate our call for a
revitalized global policy framework in disaster preparedness and
response,” he said.
Balisacan said the new development agenda should strengthen the means
for implementing sustainable development, promoting investment in
people and natural capital, and building South-South cooperation.
“It is important that we prioritize pursuing green growth,
public–private partnerships, adequate financing, capacity building,
technology transfers, sustainable consumption and production, data
availability, and better accountability in measuring progress. At the
same time, we acknowledge the need to strengthen global and regional
partnerships to support countries as they move towards sustainable
development,” he said.
Sec. Balisacan has reaffirmed the commitment of the Philippines to
actively participate in the process of both post Rio+20 and the
post-2105 development agenda.
The Rio+20 is the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development
that took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June 2012 which resulted
in a focused political outcome document containing clear and practical
measures for implementing sustainable development.
“We are happy that the draft outcome document puts people at the
center of sustainable development, incorporates the unfinished
business of MDGs, and recognizes the various challenges of the UN
Member States,” Balisacan added.