People’s Voices on Accountability and the Post-2015 Agenda

In his speech during the Interactive Dialogue: “Elements for a Monitoring and Accountability Framework for the Post-2015 Development Agenda”, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon commended member states for their commitment to determining the goals and means of financing the next sustainable development agenda. However, he cautioned them on the need for results based goals which are accessible to policy makers and the public. To do so, he noted the United Nations must agree on a robust, universal accountability framework which includes the voice of the people:

…over the past few years, we have heard the voices of our global conversation and more than 2 million people through the My World survey. It is worth noting that there are more than a million votes for honest and responsive government. We must take the vision of the world’s people into account. We must recognize the strength of each of our many partners.

He echoed his commitment to integrating the UN’s analytical and operational work, and of integrating the UN with existing regional and national accountability frameworks.

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This event coincided with MY World votes for “An honest and responsive government” reaching over 1 million. In the qualitative data collected on The World We Want 2015 it is easy to see linkages between the people’s voices and accountability and governance issues.

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Join the Debate! After the Post-2015 High Level Panel Report: Responses from around the world

In July 2012 the UN Secretary General announced the names of 27 people drawn from developing and developed nations, government, civil society and the private sector. This group was to make up the High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on Post 2015 Development Planning  (HLP) and were tasked by the SG “…prepare a bold yet practical development vision to present to Member States” in September 2013.

10 months later, on May 30th 2013, the Panel presented their report to Secretary General after extensive consultations with civil society, government, the private sector, academia and foundations.

Does it meet the expectations arising from the thousands of consultations that took place in Africa and around the world?  On June 6th, join the debate!

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Discussion of the High Level Panel’s Report on the Post 2015 Agenda

Date: 31st May 2013 (10am to 12pm)

Location: United Nations Headquarters, ECOSOC Chamber

What is being discussed? On May 31st (12:01am EST) the report of the High Level Panel (HLP) on the post-2015 development agenda will be available to stakeholders, following the submission of the same to the UN Secretary General the previous day. A number of UN agencies and stakeholder groups have come together to organize a discussion of the report taking advantage of the Panel’s presence in New York at this time. This event will take place at a critical time in the post-2015 process as the HLP report serves as the opening chapter of a fairly lengthy book, which is the post-2015 process. Continue reading “Discussion of the High Level Panel’s Report on the Post 2015 Agenda”

Statement of the High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon
Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon

Today the U.N. Secretary-General’s High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda concluded its three day meeting at the United Nations in New York.

The Panel’s discussions were frank, productive and characterized by a strong unity of purpose. The meeting reiterated the imperative need for a renewed Global Partnership that enables a transformative, people-centered and planet-sensitive development agenda, realized through the equal partnership of all stakeholders. The Panel reaffirmed its vision to end extreme poverty in all its forms in the context of sustainable development and to have in place the building blocks of sustained prosperity for all. Continue reading “Statement of the High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda”

Summary of the latest MY World results for the High-Level Panel meeting in New York

By May 10th 2013, the MY World survey had mobilized nearly 530,000 participants in 194 countries to vote for their most important priorities. Over half of these votes have been collected offline, using paper and pen. Just over one third have come through the MY World website, and around eight per cent have come through mobile phone surveys.
The data that the survey is generating yields important information not only on global priorities, but also how these differ by characteristics: by gender, age, education level, and location. This paper provides information on the current findings at a global and sub-global level, and some suggestions for the implications for policy post-2015.

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Strategic Partnership with Young People – Key to the World We Want

Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development, Amina J. Mohammed talks with a Willice Onyango, The International Youth Council Kenya.
Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Amina J. Mohammed chats with a youth delegate in Kenya recently.

Doing it with young people rather than for young people will be a catalyst change for change in the next development framework.

The High Level Panel on post 2015 Development Planning is submitting its report to the UN Secretary General in the end of May. The Panel agreed that its vision and responsibility should include a determination to “end poverty in all its forms” and to “have in place the building blocks of sustained prosperity for all”. They also felt there is strong interest in going beyond poverty reduction to include job-creating growth, protecting the environment and providing equity, peace, security, justice and freedom. The Panel agreed to develop a global agenda with global responsibilities. This vision is widely expected to be bold and ambitious. As the Panel prepares to submit its report, the challenge is to ensure that the report sets a framework for a transformative, universal, people-centered development while clearly outlining a bold and relevant commitments needed to ensure a new paradigm for sustainable development that is deeply grounded in sound economic, social, cultural, civil human rights obligations and easy to galvanize collective political action around. Continue reading “Strategic Partnership with Young People – Key to the World We Want”

Priorities for the global development agenda shaped by unprecedented public outreach effort

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New York, 21 March 2013 – The United Nations presented today the first findings from an unprecedented global conversation through which people from all over the world have been invited to help Member States shape the future development agenda that will build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) after their target date at the end of 2015.

The snapshot report of initial findings entitled “The Global Conversation Begins” was delivered to more than 100 representatives of Member States who will negotiate the future development agenda that is likely to build on the MDGs and sustainable development agenda from Rio+20.

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Post-2015 development agenda must address youth issues – new UN envoy

Youth Envoy Ahmad Alhendawi briefs reporters in New York via satellite from Dakar, Senegal. Martin Nesirky, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, is at right. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine
Youth Envoy Ahmad Alhendawi briefs reporters in New York via satellite from Dakar, Senegal. Martin Nesirky, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, is at right. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

The process of establishing a post-2015 development agenda must include youth input and participation to reflect the issues that concern them, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Envoy on Youth stressed today in his first press conference since he assumed office.

“We are at a crossroads. With 1,000 days left to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), we are discussing and trying to set the new priorities for the post-2015 development agenda,” said Ahmad Alhendawi, referring to the eight anti-poverty targets with specific objectives on poverty alleviation, education, gender equality, child and maternal health, environmental stability, HIV/AIDS reduction, and a ‘Global Partnership for Development.’

“This is definitely an opportunity where young people can participate in setting the agenda, and then own this agenda by being equal partners in its implementation and evaluation,” he told reporters in New York via satellite from Dakar, Senegal, where he is attending the World Education Forum.

Mr. Alhendawi stressed that with 1.2 billion young people globally – the largest ever population of young people – issues such as education and unemployment need to be addressed by policymakers. Continue reading “Post-2015 development agenda must address youth issues – new UN envoy”