Wien, 26. September 2013 Press release

Lopatka: “MDG summit in New York – an important step for a world with more justice”

Vienna, 26 September 2013 – “The result of the UN extraordinary summit on the Millennium Development Goals in New York is an important milestone for a future with more justice for all”, Austrian State Secretary Reinhold Lopatka said. “The fact that numerous proposals from Austria and the European Union have been incorporated into the final declaration is especially pleasing. This demonstrates that the great Austrian commitment both within the framework of the EU and also in the United Nations brings results”, Lopatka said.

Among the Austrian concerns taken up in the final declaration are the call for a unified catalogue of goals within the scope of the Post-2015-Agenda and the focus of special attention on peace and security, democratic governmental leadership, the rule of law, gender justice, human rights and the fate of the poorest people in the world.

The final document called for an accelerated implementation of these Millennium Development Goals and simultaneously set a framework for the period following their expiry.

Further to this Austria signed the 2013 “Manhattan Declaration on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities” on the sidelines of the summit that calls for a shift of focus to the needs of people with disabilities in the scope of the Post-2015 Agenda. “By signing this document, Austria has once again demonstrated its strong commitment to the needs of persons with disabilities at international level”, Lopatka concluded.

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