Ambassador and Permanent Representative Antonio M. Lagdameo shares the Philippines’ development priorities with the United Nation’s Third Committee (Photo by: New York PM)
UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK — Ambassador and Permanent Representative Antonio M. Lagdameo addressed the United Nation’s Third Committee at its opening session held on 28 September 2023 and reiterated the call to put people at the forefront of development policies and inclusive growth.
“People should be at the heart of every development policy. This is the core principle that guides the Philippines’ long-term development vision, AmBisyon Natin 2040, and the complementary mid-term Philippine Development Plan 2023-2028,” he said.
Ambassador Lagdameo also highlighted that education is a cornerstone of the Philippines' development agenda, with tertiary education in state colleges and universities offered completely free of charge. Skills development and lifelong learning initiatives, supported by various agencies are central to empowering the youth for the future.
Furthermore, Ambassador Lagdameo stressed the need to prioritize the most vulnerable sectors, including children, persons with disabilities, older persons, indigenous peoples, migrants, and women and youth in vulnerable situations. The Philippine Development Plan incorporates their specific needs, reflecting the commitment to ensuring that economic growth benefits all, promoting inclusivity and equity.
“The Philippines pays particular attention to the rights and welfare of migrant workers. We call on others promote decent work, protect labor rights, and promote safe working environments for all migrant workers,” Ambassador Lagdameo said.
In closing, Ambassador Lagdameo reiterated the Philippines' unwavering determination to achieve the 2030 Agenda and highlighted the need for a global environment that supports the development goals of all nations, including middle-income countries. He concluded, "Sustainable development is attainable if we work together, as no nation stands alone."
The UN Third Committee discusses social, humanitarian, human rights and cultural issues that affects people all over the world. At the present session of the General Assembly, the Third Committee is expected to consider at least 51 draft resolutions that will address issues such as enhancing humanitarian assistance, fostering social development, advancing women development, safeguarding the rights of children, promoting and protecting of human rights, as well as addressing crime prevention and criminal justice concerns.