REMARKS ON BEHALF OF THE GROUP OF 77 AND CHINA BY MS. SAHAR NASSER, FIRST SECRETARY AT THE MISSION OF THE STATE OF PALESTINE TO THE UN, AT THE 4TH INFORMAL-INFORMAL MEETING ON THE ALIGNMENT PROCESS (New York, 21 June 2019)
On the Matrix
1. In relation to the SDGs coverage in the matrix, the Group considers that although this document is a reference in the continuity of these tasks during the 74th session, we appreciate that they still constitute an incomplete base, which needs further development, elaboration and maturation, in order to be used as a base for the decision making on the subject.
2. The Group would also like to stress that the alignment process cannot be understood only in relation to the Sustainable Development Objectives, but first and foremost to the 2030 Agenda as a whole, of which the SDGs are a part. Otherwise, relevant issues covered by the Agenda, which are not necessarily reflected in any of the SDGs or targets, would be left out of the alignment process.
3. Additionally, we reiterate that there should be a more substantive and content-based analysis of whether the agenda items of the General Assembly, its Committees and resolutions are aligned or not with the Agenda 2030. The analysis cannot have as a main premise how the title of items and/or resolutions corresponds or does not correspond with certain SDG(s).
4. On the criteria for possible duplications and/or overlaps, the Group reiterates that it is still premature to discuss the criteria at this stage, we are not yet at the stage of addressing duplications and\or overlaps. As we mentioned in our previous meeting, before we consider the criteria, we need to have a detailed, thorough and comprehensive discussion on the SDGs and the agenda items.
5. The set of criteria must be further elaborated until consensus is reached among member states on a basis on which to take any decision in this regard. Moreover, we consider that the process has been developed in an unbalanced manner, since so far all efforts have been made to identify criteria for identifying possible duplications and/or overlaps, but no criteria have been pursued to identify possible gaps in relation to the Agenda 2030.
6. The Group reiterates that no deadline should be set for finalizing the alignment process and the process should better enable the UN General Assembly, ECOSOC and their subsidiary bodies to fully perform their own advantages in accordance with their mandates and mobilize more development resources to implement the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs.