Citizens’ voices key to renewed post-2015 development agenda, says UNDP chief

Sep 25, 2012

New York — Public consultation in more than 50 developing countries will be part of a global process to ensure citizens’ views underpin the design of a post-2015 human development agenda, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark said today.

Speaking during a High-level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda during the 67th Session of the UN General Assembly, Helen Clark said that if people are heard and respected they will be more likely to help deliver a successor framework to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

“We hope that an ambitious post-2015 development agenda can be established, aimed at eradicating poverty in all its dimensions and providing a green, inclusive and equitable future for all,” Helen Clark said.

“While the findings of the High-level Panel will be vital, the priorities of citizens, civil society groups and independent experts must also inform the design of a renewed agenda,” she said.

Today’s side event was chaired by Japan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Koichiro Gemba, and involved members of the Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

“This event will facilitate an inclusive process to establish the post-2015 framework, with lively discussions involving non-government organizations, research institutes, private foundations and youth,” Minister Gemba said.

Other speakers at the event included the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed; Sweden’s Minister for International Development Cooperation, Gunilla Carlsson; The European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, and the Vice President and the Head of the Poverty Reduction and Economic Network at the World Bank, Otaviano Canuto.

To build on the momentum of the high-level event, national-level dialogues are being organized in at least 50 developing countries, initiated by the UN Development Group.

Global and thematic dialogues with key stakeholders are also planned, covering governance, health, education, jobs and other key issues.  In addition, the UN is employing new technologies to hold a ‘global conversation’ with citizens around the world, asking them what kind of world they want to live in and what actions should be taken.

To compile the evidence and diverse perspectives being sought to inform a shared vision and determine a broadly agreed post-2015 agenda, UNDP will host a central United Nations office in New York with secondees from Member States, researchers and across the United Nations.

The UN System Task Team report on the post-2015 development agenda Realizing the Future We Want for All, released in June 2012, reviewed experiences to date, considered the impact of global trends and proposed the possible contours for a new agenda. 

The report highlights three principles that should support any new framework: achieving human rights, reducing inequalities, and ensuring sustainability.

Helen Clark said UNDP would continue to prioritize support for countries to achieve the MDGs, including by rolling out the MDG Acceleration Framework.

Since the MDG Summit in 2010, over 40 countries have employed this framework to identify and implement actions to overcome bottlenecks and accelerate progress towards lagging targets.

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