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Post-2015 development agenda
must focus on ending poverty,
President says

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono believes the post-2015 development agenda should focus on ending poverty and promoting sustainable growth.

“With regards to the principles of the new development agenda, first, we must focus on ending poverty while promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth,” Yudhoyono said on Friday as he co-chaired the third UN High Level Panel Meeting with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and British Prime Minister David Cameron.

During the meeting attended by the panel’s members from 24 countries, the President shared Indonesia’s experience in eradicating poverty in the country.

Yudhoyono said four key items should be prioritized post-2015.

“First, focus on eradicating extreme poverty, the main objective of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), with a strong emphasis on human development. This includes extreme poverty, hunger, education, health and equality for girls and women,” he said.

The agenda should also address the causes of poverty and put in place the building blocks for sustained prosperity: infrastructure, job creation, social protection, accountability, justice and anti-violence.

The agenda should also promote a model of development that is sustainable, recognizes and addresses the challenges of climate change, resource scarcity and environmental sustainability.

“Fourth, it should redefine the partnership on development between governments of all countries, the private sector, and civil society organizations. Priorities within this partnership should include global governance, source and quality of development finance, foreign direct investment, South-South cooperation and responsible business practices,” said Yudhoyono.

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