REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, LOS CABOS - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon met on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit to discuss cooperation in post-2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). "In my meeting with Ban Ki-moon, we discussed setting up a high-level panel to formulate a framework of cooperation in post-2015 MDGs," the President said on Thursday, before leaving for Brazil to attend the Rio+20 Conference.
The high-level panel, which will be jointly led by SBY, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, is expected to begin its work after the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development.
"We (SBY and Ban Ki-moon) shared similar perspective on post-2015 MDGs," the Indonesian head of state said.
After meeting with Ban Ki-moon, SBY held a meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron to discuss the bilateral relations between Indonesia and Britain. They also talked about their common views on tasks for post-MDGs, which were mandated by the United Nations Secretary General.
Ban Ki-moon asked SBY, Cameron, and Sirleaf to co-chair the high-level panel on post-MDGs. Together they will begin a process to build a new international framework for development which will become operational after the current MDGs expire in 2015.
Foreign Affairs Minister Marty Natalegawa said SBY was expected to offer recommendations to the UN Secretary General on dealing with poverty, hunger and diseases in less privileged countries by April next year. SBY is currently attending the Rio+20 Conference, which focuses on two themes: green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication, and the institutional framework for sustainable development.
Seven areas have been identified as top priorities for the conference. They are decent jobs, energy, sustainable cities, food security and sustainable agriculture, water, oceans and disaster preparedness.