IACA Dean Addresses UN Sustainable Development Summit

Martin Kreutner, Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA, has welcomed the ambitious new global sustainable development agenda but urged world leaders to strengthen the fight against corruption in order to effectively and efficiently implement it.

On 25 September, the United Nations General Assembly in New York formally adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with 17 goals and 169 targets to transform the world in the next 15 years.

17 SDGs 2015Speaking in the high-level plenary session of the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit that same day, Mr. Kreutner said that the world must take two closely interrelated journeys between now and 2030 - one to jointly work towards fulfilment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and one to equally multiply existing anti-corruption efforts. These two journeys, he said, should ideally be “one comprehensive avenue, one compass for actions that sets our trajectory and shines the light for the way forward”.

4 Angelique Kidjo 250915Describing corruption as “an evil that knows no boundaries”, he emphasized that empowering anti-corruption professionals across the globe through education is crucial if the SDGs are to be met. A full transcript of his speech is available for download below.

5 SDGs on UNHQ 250915During the summit, Mr. Kreutner also contributed to the debates in Interactive Dialogue 6 on a strengthened global partnership to realize the new post-2015 development agenda, and held a press conference for international journalists. He had numerous bilateral meetings with high-level officials, including Mr. Wu Hongbo, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), Mr. Abdul Latif bin Rashid Al Zayani, Secretary General of The Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC), and other representatives of Member States present at the UN Summit.

6 Malala Yousefzai 250915Several speakers (Heads of State and Government, and Ministers) mentioned corruption as a threat to development and said governments have to embrace transparency, open governance, and the rule of law for the successful implementation of the SDGs.

7 UNSG 250915The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, arrived at after months of intense final negotiations, was adopted as world leaders, heads of global institutions, and other dignitaries came together at the United Nations for its landmark 70th anniversary session. Among the 17 goals to be met over the next 15 years are complete poverty eradication, zero hunger, quality education, gender equality, climate action, and clean water and sanitation.

8 Pope Francis 250915Goal 16 on “Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions” contains explicit targets such as “Substantially reduce corruption and bribery in all their forms”, “Develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels”, “Promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all”, and “Ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms, in accordance with national legislation and international agreements”.

Statement by Martin Kreutner, at the UN Sustainable Development Summit

Draft outcome document of the United Nations summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda


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