#Rioplus20: What can we expect from Cameron, Johnson, and SBY?
Guardian.co.uk mentions President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, England Prime Minister David Cameron, and the President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as a candidate for the UN Panel Co-Chairs on Sustainable Development. All three bear the major responsibility for guiding the formulation of for post-MGs international development framework.
England considered worthy to be the co-chairs, because the country is able to meet commitments to allocate 0.7 GNP for international development. While Indonesia, is seen as one of the successful examples of countries that can come out of the crisis became the third largest democratic country in the world. While Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is Liberia’s first woman president is able to pull the country from the crisis due to a prolonged civil war.
In short, the three represent the three sides of the world economy, the stronghold of the developed countries are represented England, the stronghold of the upper middle income countries are represented Indonesia, and the stronghold of poor countries are represented Liberia. The appointment of SBY as one of the co-chairs in a fairly prestigious panel shows the magnitude of the role of Indonesia in the global development arena.
As co-chairs, the responsibility of SBY, David Cameron, and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of course is very large. All three are challenged to critically evaluate the achievement of the MDGs targets which will expire in 2015 will come, as well as to formulate a new framework which would fill the gaps, the MDGs, particularly in terms of maternal and child health, as well as formulate new development strategies in order to lay the groundwork principles of sustainable development for the benefit of future generations.
Learning from the experience of the MDGs, before the set in September 200, the United Nations takes approximately 10 years to draw up development priorities as we worked together on a global level. Not only that, it takes also a political momentum that these priorities can be a common political commitment, signed by at least 147 heads of state.
Now, increasingly complex global development challenges. Economic crisis, food, and global warming, the most difficult challenges to face. Natural disasters, social conflicts and wars, increasingly eroded the development outcome which in turn would enhance the global vulnerability. The absence of a fundamental correction of the global political and economic structure lead mitigation efforts against the crisis sometimes it heightens the vulnerability of the crisis itself.
Many reasons for pessimism, though of course, still there is room for optimism. In any case, currently the world started to look forward gait trio Cameron, Yudhoyono, and Sirleaf to develop a global roadmap towards a sustainable future. Can all three are shouldering a heavy burden?