A high-level reception celebrating the United Nations' 70th anniversary and the adoption of the organization's Post-2015 Development Agenda was held on Sep. 29 at the UN headquarters in NYC. Honored at the reception were Ambassador David Donoghue of Ireland and Ambassador Macharia Kamau of Kenya-- co-facilitators in the negotiation of the global agenda. Ambassador Francis Lorenzo of the Dominican Republic explained the significance of the UN's recent efforts. "[Sep.] 25, 26, and 27 was the [Sustainable Development] Summit that we had here [in New York], and finally we adopted the new agenda... the Post-2015 Development Agenda," he told Examiner.com in an exclusive interview. "I think what is important with this agenda is that it's so inclusive... when you talk about the participation of all the major stakeholders-- government, private sector, civil society, academia."
Afaf Konja, spokesperson for the President of the United Nations General Assembly 68th session, affirmed that global partnerships are essential to the success of the UN's missions. "In order for sustainable development to be something that could actually be put into action and build and form, it's going to take a number of innovative partnerships, greater partnerships, and of course, it's going to take political will, commitment, and innovative financing to make it happen," she said.
Ambassadors Donoghue and Kamau were recognized for showing "leadership in bringing everybody together," Lorenzo explained. "For more than three months, we were negotiating here at the UN, and finally, the draft document was adopted."