It's critical to keep MDG promises to realize post-2015 development agenda: USG Wu

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Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs. [UN Photo/Rick Bajornas]

The international community can construct a genuine partnership that will support action by all and with effective and efficient monitoring and accountability mechanisms.

That's the assessment of Under-Secretary-General Wu Hongbo of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, who also noted that this partnership "can be as transformative as the development agenda it is meant to support".

Speaking at the close of a two day high-level forum on a renewed global partnership for development for a post-2015 era, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Under-Secretary-General Wu said it was "critical to keeping the promises made under the [Millennium Development Goals] MDGs and for the realization of a post-2015 development agenda, focused on poverty eradication and sustainable development for all".

The forum concluded that the renewed global partnership should continue to concentrate on ending poverty and achieving the goals agreed at the Millennium Summit.

And Under-Secretary-General Wu pointed out that this renewed approach must also effectively promote sustainable development and efforts to address both existing and new development challenges.

He stressed that "It must be owned, and led, from the outset, by the range of stakeholders, with a clear focus on what will enable it to work in practice".

The 6-7 June forum was the first of three major consultations in preparation for the 2014 ECOSOC Development Cooperation Forum.

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