New forum to shape Korean post-2015 development plans

Aug 26, 2013

UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon addresses the launch session for Korea's national post-2015 development platform. PHOTO: UN PHOTO

Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon kicked off Korea’s national co-ordination forum on the future of global development at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Seoul today.

The ‘Post-2015 Korea Forum’ brings business, politicians, academics and civil society together to help Korea advocate as the world creates a global development framework for after the Millennium Development Goals target year of 2015.

"The MDGs are the most successful global anti-poverty push in history” said Ban in his congratulatory remarks.“The post-2015 development agenda must certainly build on them’.

Ban also called for a broader vision for the future of global development, covering both rich and poor nations.“Towards 2030 we must have a broader, global vision that embraces developed and developing countries all together”  he said.

He praised Korea’s role in the global post-2015 consultations so far and called on the country to meet its aim of getting Official Development Assistance to 0.25% of GNI by 2015.

Rounding off, he wished UNDP and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs huge success for the post-2015 conference on implementing the new goals to be held in Seoul on October 7th.

A special presentation session was held before the launch.

Nine experts presented on results and lessons from the MDGs, the role of business, Parliaments and civil society in global development and links to the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation that was conceived in Busan, Korea in 2011.

Former Korean Foreign Minister and post-2015 High Level Panel member Kim Sung-hwan moderated the session.

“To successfully set up and implement the Post-2015 development agenda, it’s extremely important to build partnership between all interested parties” Kim said.

“The Post-2015 Korea Forum is the first step in building up our national partnership in this context” he added.

The Forum will meet once a year, with three sub-groups for civil society, academia and business meeting regularly to 2015. It is affiliated with ‘Development Alliance Korea (DAK),’ a Government and civil society consultative group set up in 2011.

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In January 2013 UNDP’s Seoul Policy Centre brought young people from China, Korea, Japan and Mongolia together to create a declaration on the future world they want in Seoul.

The declaration was handed to four UN High Level Panel members at their final meeting in Bali, Indonesia in March 2013.

In June 2012 experts from 13 Asian nations met to define Asian approaches to the post-2015 development debate a conference hosted by UNDP, the Korea Development Institute and Korea University.