The Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Jan Eliasson, visited the United Nations (UN) Organizations in Bonn at the UN Campus yesterday. At this occasion the Deputy Secretary-General met with UN Bonn staff in a town hall meeting as well as the Heads of all UN organizations based in Germany. In their 45 minute meeting, the Heads of Agencies discussed current challenges of the UN worldwide. Among these the post-2015 process and questions relating to sustainable development were touched upon.
After welcoming the Secretary-General in January this year, the visit of his Deputy was a great asset especially on the eve of 2015. In the upcoming year the UN expects to see three major new policy frameworks to be put in place. These are: a new framework for sustainable development succeeding the Millennium Development Goals, a new climate change agreement and a new framework for disaster risk reduction.
Against this background the Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson stressed “the year 2015 represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity for the UN and its Member States. Our goal is to place people in the centre and to protect our one and only planet. We may have a Plan B sometimes – but there is simply no Planet B.”
The Chair of the Heads of UN agencies in Germany Mr. Shyamal Majumdar added “the 18 UN agencies based in Bonn are at the centre of the negotiation processes related to these frameworks and will continue to play a central role in bringing stakeholders from around the world to discuss sustainable development in a more holistic fashion”.
The Deputy Secretary-General stated at the town hall meeting towards the UN staff in Bonn “the work that the United Nations Organizations in Bonn deliver is very important for us – the UN. You deal with future issues and sustainability. The latter is one of our major and crucial issues”. When concluding Mr. Eliasson encouraged the UN staff in their daily work “nobody can do everything but everybody can do something”.
Mr. Majumdar concluded along these lines “here in Bonn we share one common aspiration. This is to make a united stand as OneUN inBonn for an inclusive sustainable future for all. This makes our place unique in the world”.