Strong partnerships with civil society crucial to post-2015 development agenda

24 May 2012

New York – UNDP is committed to ensuring a broad inclusive process of consultations at country level to generate debate and civil society views on the post-2015 development agenda, Administrator Helen Clark told a group of civil society leaders.

“We share your conviction that the voices of the poorest and excluded must be heard during Rio+20 and in formulating the post-2015 agenda,” Ms.  Clark said, speaking to members of the Civil Society Advisory Committee on the opening day of their annual meeting in New York (May 23-24).  She reaffirmed UNDP’s commitment to working with the civil society to realize this vision, and thanked the committee for its engagement with UNDP to advance development.

A large part of the two-day meeting with the civil society leaders focused on the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) and the post-2015 development framework.

Committee members expressed their strong belief that Rio+20 should be an inclusive, transparent and participatory process with all relevant stakeholders, including civil society. They also emphasized that the post-2015 agenda must be based on the Millennium Declaration and that the Sustainable Development Goals must be aligned with the post-2015 vision.

Committee members reiterated that the principles of human rights, sustainability and equality should serve as guiding principles for the concept of sustainable development goals.  It is key to link the global vision with the realities of people’s lives and their empowerment.

UNDP pledged to facilitate the largest possible number of inclusive national consultations to stimulate the debate on the post-2015 development agenda, and conduct thematic global consultations with civil society, academia, the media, private sector, employers and trade unions, and decision-makers.

The eight civil society representatives who attended this year’s meeting are part of the Civil Society Advisory Committee to UNDP, which is composed of 13 leaders from several parts of the world. The Committee was created in 2000 to advise UNDP senior management on key areas, such as democratic governance, human rights, gender equality, environmental sustainability, the Human Development Report and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – eight internationally-agreed goals which seek to alleviate poverty by 2015.