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26 October 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The continued protection of the rights and welfare of the more than 10 million Filipinos abroad will continue to figure prominently in the development agenda the Philippines will pursue beyond the 2015—the year agreed upon by United Nations member-states to achieve their Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

“The post-2015 development agenda should squarely address migration,” Ambassador Cuisia said at a panel discussion during a conference on “Human Rights and Economic Justice: Essential Elements of the Post-MDG Agenda” at Yale University in Connecticut.

The MDGs are eight international development goals that include the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger and reduction of child mortality rates that the Philippines and all other UN member-states and international organizations committed to achieve by 2015.

“The Philippines will continue to advocate the protection of migrants’ rights regardless of migrations status, the recognition of their contribution to sending and receiving countries and the creation of programs that support their families,” he said. “We also have to bear in mind migrants who find themselves in conflict areas.”

“For the Philippines, we look no further than the United Nations Charter in identifying the building blocks for the global post-2015 development agenda,” he said, adding that this will be anchored on human rights; equality, equity and people empowerment, social cohesion and justice; accountable governance; and inclusive development.

In his remarks, Ambassador Cuisia said the Philippines has identified five pillars that will address its specific development objectives beyond the MDG deadline.

These are poverty reduction and social inclusion; environment sustainability, climate change, and disaster risk management; accountable, responsive, and participatory governance; fair and stable order based on the international rule of law; and peace and security.

“These represent areas where progress is most needed to build a rights-based, equitable and sustainable society,” he said. The Philippines, according to him, also proposed that the agenda have a 10-year duration with a major review to be undertaken by 2020 with reforms frontloaded in the first period.

“The Philippine transformation is far from over. It is our hope that transparent efforts are undertaken to share best practices of good governance and effective strategies for inclusive growth, to work towards shared prosperity, and to ensure a safe, secure, and healthier world,” he said. ###