Korean civil society makes post-2015 development demands

22 Feb 2013

image Kim Sung-hwan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade responds to civil society's post-2015 development demands. PHOTO: Seoul Policy Centre

Korean civil society shared its vision for a new global development framework with the Government at the Korea Press Club in Seoul today.

The Millennium Development Goals, the 8 goals for global development agreed by world leaders in 2000, will expire in 2015. The civil society groups called for a broad post-2015 development framework, bringing together peace and security, gender equality, democracy and ecological sustainability.

They argued that the new framework must tackle inequality and use an approach rooted in human rights. To ensure the framework is implemented effectively, donor countries and countries receiving aid must be accountable to one another through joint monitoring, they said.

Greater efforts to secure funds for development must be made through international coordination on tax evasion, a financial transaction tax and other new methods.

Civil society also called for closer cooperation with the Korean Government.

Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Kim Sung-Hwan received the recommendations, stating that they were largely in line with the views of the Government.

The Minister argued that inclusive economic growth and inclusive green growth must be at the heart of global development, and are vital to ensure economic growth, to sustainably manage resources and to protect the environment in future.

The Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation, reached at the Busan High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in November 2011, can be an important tool in implementing new goals, Mr Kim said.

He agreed to share the recommendations with the 26 strong High Level Panel on the post-2015 development agenda, of which is he a member.

The panel, convened by UN Secretary General Ban-Ki moon, is tasked with presenting an ambitious yet achievement post 2015 development agenda.

Co-chaired by UK Prime Minister Cameron, Liberian President Johnson-Sirleaf and Indonesian President Yudhyono, the Panel will present its recommendations to the UN Secretary General in late May 2013.

The Korean Government will provide concept papers on inclusive green growth and an implementation mechanism to the Panel.

Korean Government, civil society and UN representatives shared their perspectives and took questions on how to drill down to key priorities that work for all countries and implementing the framework.

Anne Isabelle Degryse-Blateau, Director of the UNDP Seoul Policy Centre, presented the UN’s role in supporting global consultations in the run up to 2015.

Over 50 national consultations and 11 consultations on themes from Governance and inequalities to environmental sustainability are taking place around the world.

The UN Global Compact, a platform for the UN and business to engage, will share private sector perspectives with the High Level Panel.

Ms. Blateau encouraged people to vote for their global development priorities in the United Nations Survey for a better world online www.myworld2015.org