UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- John Ashe, the president of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly (GA), said here Tuesday that the new development agenda, which is designed to define the global development after 2015, "is expected to have poverty eradication as its central and over-arching goal."
Ashe, who assumed the presidency of the 68th session of the 193-member GA, made the statement as he was addressing the opening of the annual high-level debate, which runs through to Oct. 1.
The new development agenda is the agenda to be agreed on by member states in September 2015 to define global development after the expiration of the deadline of the Millennium Development Goals.
"The post-2015 development agenda is envisaged as the most far-reaching and comprehensive development-related endeavor ever undertaken by our organization in its entire history," Ashe stated.
"Embracing states in all aspects of the sustainable development spectrum, it will completely redefine the concept of development as traditionally understood, rooting it in partnership, cooperation, equity -- both social and generational -- peace, good governance and economic growth based on environmental sustainability."
More than 130 world leaders are gathering at UN Headquarters in New York for the GA's annual General Debate, which aims to set the stage for building a new global development agenda which both protects the planet and promotes equity, justice and prosperity for all people.
In a recent interview with Xinhua, Wu Hongbo, the UN under-secretary general for economic and social affairs, said that the concerned UN working group and the inter-governmental negotiators are expected to produce a framework agreement by September 2014, in which they will give a series of comments and recommendations for world leaders to reach agreement on the new development agenda by September 2015.
During the upcoming annual debate, member states are expected to touch upon such issues as the principle, basic components and negotiation framework of the post-2015 development agenda, Wu said. "We will gather the relevant viewpoints of all member states and we will sum up their objective, fair and realistic opinions and proposals in the form of a reference document designed for the future inter-governmental negotiations."