President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has been appointed co-chair of the UN High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons, which is set up to advise the UN on planning for post-2015 development agendas.
Yudhoyono will co-chair the panel along with British Prime Minister David Cameron and Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the names during an informal meeting of the UN General Assembly in New York on Wednesday (Thursday in Jakarta).
“I am pleased to announce that the following leaders have accepted my invitation to serve as co-chairs of this high-level panel: his excellency President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia; her excellency President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia; and his excellency Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom,” Ban told the Assembly.
Members of the full panel will be announced post the UN Sustainable Development Conference in Rio de Janeiro (Rio+20) on June 20-22, Ban added.
He said the main issues to be addressed at Rio+20 included the management and protection of oceans, ensuring universal access to sustainable energy and water, and improving life in the world’s cities.
The secretary-general also underlined that there should be an agreement to establish Sustainable Development Goals that build on the current Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the anti-poverty and social development targets that have an achievement deadline of 2015.
“We must harness the power of partnership to shift the world onto a more sustainable trajectory of growth and development. Rio should be a concrete step forward in this regard,” Ban said, as quoted by the UN News Center.
In response to the appointment, Yudhoyono, Cameron and Johnson-Sirleaf have issued a joint statement declaring their readiness to cooperate in the high-level panel, says a press statement from Elleonora Tambunan, the first secretary to Indonesia’s Permanent Mission at the United Nations.