Mogens Lykketoft, the designated President of the 70th UN General Assembly was at the Federal Foreign Office on 26 August for talks. There, he initially met Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier followed by Minister of State Maria Böhmer. The talks focused on the role of the General Assembly in shaping Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development as well as reforming the UN Security Council.
Lykketoft comes from Denmark where he served as Speaker of the Folketing, the Danish Parliament, until 3 July 2015. On 15 July, he was elected as President of the General Assembly of the United Nations. In September he will lead the 70th session of the UN plenary assembly.
Agenda 2030 is aimed at all countries in the world.
Following his meeting with Foreign Minister Steinmeier, Minister of State Maria Böhmer invited Lykketoft to a dinner with Beate Rudolf, Director of the German Institute for Human Rights, and Jörg Hacker, member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the UN Secretary-General. Lykketoft and Böhmer agreed that in order for the global Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development to be a success, it was key for the 191 member states of the United Nations to set the right parameters at the 70th General Assembly. This includes scientifically-founded indicators, an effective verification mechanism as well as the comprehensive participation of civil society and the private sector.
Böhmer underlined that the value-added of the global Agenda 2030 compared to the Millennium Development Goals lay in the fact that it targeted all countries in the world. Moreover, it rightly focused on the importance of human rights, the rule of law, good governance and women in bringing about sustainable development.
Time to reform the UN Security Council
Böhmer went on to say that it was time to reform the UN Security Council. In light of the increasing number and complexity of conflicts, it was now important to orient all the pillars of the United Nations – including the UN General Assembly – towards working on achieving the common goals of prevention, stabilisation and reconstruction. Lykketoft shared this comprehensive approach and assured that in his post he would work for efficient and smooth coordination of all UN bodies.