Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Philippines, Antonio M. Lagdameo, addressed the United Nations Third Committee at its inaugural session on September 28, 2023, and reiterated the call to put people at the center of inclusive growth and development policies.

“People must be at the center of all development policy. “This is the core principle that guides the Philippines’ long-term development vision, AmBisyon Natin 2040, and the complementary medium-term Philippine Development Plan 2023-2028,” she stated.

Ambassador Lagdameo also highlighted that education is a cornerstone of the Philippine development agenda, with tertiary education in state-run colleges and universities offered completely free of charge. Skills development and lifelong learning initiatives, supported by various agencies, are essential to empower young people for the future.

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Furthermore, Ambassador Lagdameo stressed the need to give priority to the most vulnerable sectors, such as children, people with disabilities, older people, indigenous peoples, migrants and women and young people in vulnerable situations. The Philippine Development Plan incorporates their specific needs, reflecting the commitment to ensuring that economic growth benefits all, promoting inclusion and equity.

“The Philippines pays special attention to the rights and well-being of migrant workers. We call on others to promote decent work, protect labor rights and promote safe working environments for all migrant workers,” said Ambassador Lagdameo.

Education is a cornerstone of the Philippine development agenda, with tertiary education in state colleges and universities offered completely free of charge

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. And he concluded: “Sustainable development is achievable if we work together, since no nation stands alone.”

The UN Third Committee debates social, humanitarian, human rights and cultural issues affecting people around the world. At the current session of the General Assembly, the Third Committee is expected to study at least 51 draft resolutions that will address issues such as improving humanitarian aid, promoting social development, promoting the development of women, protecting the rights of the child, the promotion and protection of human rights, as well as crime prevention and criminal justice.


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