The eight- day meeting, with the theme "Achieving the Millennium Development Goals and charting the way for an ambitious post-2015 development agenda, including the sustainable development goals", is being held under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Børge Brende partook in the ministerial meetings of the forum together with Ministers and other high-level participations from all over the world.
In the Norwegian statement held at the Forum's General debate, Brende emphasized the importance of working towards fulfilling commitments in the Millennium Development Goals for the sake of the children who need it the most. Brende further pointed out that Non-state actors are crucial development partners on the ground, and that Member states must recognise Major Groups and other stakeholders as legitimate to engage with. The full Norwegian statement can be found here.
At the forum, Brende also partook in a high level panel discussion with the topic “International cooperation and Sustainable Development”, together with amongst others the former President of UN General Assembly and now UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Disaster Risk Reduction and Water, Dr. Han Seung-soo, Special Adviser to United Nations Secretary-General on the Millennium Development Goals, Jeffrey Sachs, and Benin’s Minister of MDGs policies and Sustainable Development, Fulbert Macaire Amoussouga Gero.
Major Groups and stakeholders were also present at the forum and from UN Major Group for Children and Youth statements were held by Norwegian student Usman Mushtaq and Ragnhild Lunner. Their statements can be found respectively here and here.
During his visit Brende also met with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and other key UN and NGO-personell, such as Jordan’s Permanent Representative and newly appointed High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid and President Bill Clinton, Founding Chairman of the Global Clinton Initiative.