Lanka says post-2015 development agenda must leave no one behind

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Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva and Chairman of the Personal Representatives of the G-15, Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha has said “the post-2015 development agenda will need to be supported by a renewed global partnership grounded on the values of equity, solidarity and human rights, fully mobilising developed and developing countries, leaving no one behind”. Ambassador Aryasinha made this observation when he delivered a joint statement at the 60th Session of UNCTAD’s Trade and Development Board which opened in Geneva on Monday (16), on behalf of the Group of Fifteen (G-15), a Summit Level Group of Developing Countries comprising 17 member States – Algeria, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iran, Jamaica, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Venezuela and Zimbabwe. The Group expressed grave concern at the drop of official development assistance (ODA) by 4% in real terms over the past year, following a 2% dip in 2011. The G-15 has called on developed countries and all others in the position to do so, to deliver fully on their past commitments taking into account, the urgent need to fulfil the MDGs and other International Agreed Development Goals.  Underscoring the importance of South-South cooperation in complementing North-South and triangular cooperation, and stressing the importance of international cooperation as an ongoing process which helps developing countries to take advantage of existing and potential complementarities in their economies, sharing experiences and affinities and promoting their own sustainable development, the G-15 called for greater financial, technological and policy-development assistance to help developing countries, particularly Least Development Countries, to advance from a commodity-oriented economy and to scale-up in global value chains.