The Russian G20 Sherpa Ksenia Yudaeva met with the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the UN Headquarters in New York as part of her G20 consultations this week.
The Secretary-General stressed the importance of interaction between Russia, as the G20 President, and the United Nations. He appreciated the invitation to the G20 Leaders' Summit on September 5-6, 2013, in St.Petersburg. According to Ban Ki-moon, with the UN involved, the discussion of the G20 agenda promises to be more productive, affirms Russia's leadership as the Summit Chairman and offers prospects of success for the G20 resolutions.
Ban Ki-moon pointed out that Russia has taken up the G20 Presidency and is undertaking preparations for the Leaders' Summit at a critical time, less than 1,000 days before the date of the first review of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015. According to the Secretary-General, it takes political will to mobilize efforts and speed up the progress of the MDGs. Ban Ki-moon hopes that Russia's Presidency will consolidate the efforts of the G20 Leaders in achieving the MDGs and forming the post-2015 development agenda.
According to the Secretary-General, the UN greatly appreciates the efforts of the G20 in addressing the crisis in the global economy, improving the system of global administration and increasing the efficiency of collaboration between multilateral development institutions. Ban Ki-moon emphasized the need for eradicating poverty and combating climate change, and stressed that he is relying on Russia as the G20 President to resolve these issues.
In her turn, Ksenia Yudaeva thanked Ban Ki-moon for the UN's support of the G20, saying that Russia was placing special emphasis on cooperation with the UN as the most legitimate and representative body of global administration. The Russian Sherpa believes that close collaboration with the UN will engage countries that are not members of the group and help shape the agenda and priorities in order to serve the interests of the global community.
The Russian Sherpa and the UN Secretary-General discussed the priorities of Russia's G20 Presidency, including the flagship initiative of financing investment, and development issues such as food security, financial inclusion and enhancing financial literacy, development of human capital and promoting green growth.
Speaking about collaboration between the G20 and the UN, Ksenia Yudaeva stressed the expert potential of the UN that the G20 had always relied upon.
Ksenia Yudaeva noted that the G20 would prepare a report on fulfilling the development-related obligations for the St.Petersburg Summit. The report will include an analysis of the work done and evaluate the effectiveness of the measures taken by the G20 to facilitate development in recipient countries. The G20 also plans to develop a new Action Plan for Development in 2013.
According to the Russian Sherpa, the Millennium Development Goals and the post-2015 agenda are the key issues proposed for discussion by Russia as the G20 President. The purpose of the discussion is to seek the most effective ways to support progress on the new sustainable development objectives led by the UN. In light of this, Russia's Presidency places particular emphasis on interacting with civil society experts and factoring their recommendations into the preparations for the St. Petersburg Summit.
The UN Secretary-General encouraged Russia's decision to prioritize development issues during its Presidency of the G20. He supported the need for a new Action Plan for Development since the Seoul Action Plan is nearing completion. Over 1 billion people suffer from a shortage of water, energy, food and other resources, which demonstrates how acute the problem is now.
Ban Ki-moon also acknowledged Russia's contribution to the shaping of the post-2015 development agenda by being widely involved in the UN Secretary-General's High-Level Task Force.
Concluding the meeting, the UN Secretary-General wished Russia success at the St.Petersburg Leaders' Summit. For her part, Ms. Yudaeva assured Ban Ki-moon that success would benefit all parties and that cooperating on development would be at the center of the agenda of Russia's G20 Presidency.