INTERVENTION BY THE HOLY SEE
ON THE OCCASION OF THE 69th SESSION OF THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY
H.E. ARCHBISHOP BERNARDITO AUZA,
APOSTOLIC NUNCIO, PERMANENT
OBSERVER OF THE HOLY SEE TO THE UN
Monday, 9 February 2015
Means of Implementation
for a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda
My delegation welcomes this discussion on the Means of Implementation for a
Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda.
The financial resources required to achieve the post-2015 agenda are
formidable. In infrastructure alone, the investments are estimated to be in the
order of five to seven trillion US$ annually. A recent World Bank study
estimates that the annual infrastructure investment requirements for Africa
would be US$ 95 billion. These estimates highlight the magnitude of the
challenge facing the majority of countries in the world in obtaining the
financial resources necessary to implement successfully the post-2015 agenda.
In particular, the financing needs of the least developed countries require
special attention, not only because of the scarcity of their domestic resources,
but also for their lack of ability to access other financing sources. For this
reason, my delegation would strongly encourage that particular attention be
given to the financing needs of the least developed countries at the upcoming
Third Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa. My delegation
would also encourage a careful review of how some developing countries have
successfully mobilized financial resources for large infrastructure investments,
with a view to the possibility of replicating their success in other countries.
Technology transfer, while implying a complex set of regulations, is key to accelerating the
technology and innovation capacities of developing countries. On the one hand,
this requires the developed countries to share their technology. On the other
hand, developing countries must prioritize technology development in their
programs, budgets and partnerships with private technology companies. As in the
area of harnessing financial resources, my delegation would also encourage
studies on how some developing countries have succeeded in attaining scientific
and technological advances and make them accessible to their citizens, in order
to find out how these experiences can be made profitable for other countries
still struggling to build such capacities.
As regards strengthening of capacities, we know that weak institutions
result in weak implementation and, even more tragically, in waste of already
scarce resources and limited capacities. Strong institutions can maximize
results of even limited resources and capacities, thereby incrementing resources
and capacities: in a word, development. These are key lessons we learn from
carefully observing why some countries succeed and some do not. Weak
institutions, scarce resources and limited capacities usually go together. Thus,
the challenge would be how to assist in a more effective manner the least
developed and many developing countries to strengthen their institutions, so
that they can maximize internal and external resources and capacities.
My delegation believes that “best practices” already exist in these three
elements of harnessing financial resources, technology transfer and
strengthening of capacities, which are critical for the implementation of the
post-2015 agenda. We need to identify them and make use of them for the benefit
of those countries which still struggle to develop themselves.
To ensure that no country is left behind and that the post-2015 development
agenda be truly transformative, my delegation strongly suggests that these three
elements be seriously and consistently considered in upcoming and future
Thank you, Mr. President.