Foreign Minister María Angela Holguín reaffirmed today the need to look at emerging global challenges to be included in the post-2015 agenda proposed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

maria-angela-holquin-cancilIn her opening speech at the Regional Conference on the issue, Holguin urged participants “to reflect and better understand our respective concerns and priorities, in order to establish the level of projections and goals we can achieve.”

Our opportunity and our obligation, as reaffirmed in other forums, is to devise an instrument that should be sufficiently effective to face future challenges, as the Millennium Development Goals were for the early 21st Century, she said.

Convened by the Colombian Government and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the meeting is being attended by government authorities, international experts and the 16 U.N. agencies in the region.

“Today we have a historic opportunity to redefine the development indexes,” she stated.

She also highlighted the need for civil society present at the conference in Bogota to take part in the process of drafting the new post-2015 agenda from the point of view of the most vulnerable.