UN eager to work with ASEAN nations in implementing a bold new sustainable development agenda: SG

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the ASEAN-UN Summit in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

ASEAN countries have made impressive progress towards most of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon said in opening remarks to the Fifth ASEAN Summit on Thursday.

He said the UN will continue to work with ASEAN to achieve all the MDGs across the board.

The Secretary-General said this is imperative as "we work to define a shared vision for the post-2015 period".

“The United Nations is eager to hear the voices of ASEAN nations and work with you in implementing a bold new sustainable development agenda. Poverty eradication must be our priority, and sustainable development our guide and principle. The new agenda must be bold in ambition yet simple in design, supported by a new partnership for development. It must be universal in nature yet responsive to the complexities, needs and capacities of individual countries. It must protect the planet's resources, emphasize sustainable consumption and production and support action to address climate change.”

Secretary-General Ban warned that climate change is a threat to the development and prosperity of all nations, noting that the ASEAN region is highly vulnerable to weather-related disasters.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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