Parliamentarians and civil society leaders in Asia-Pacific join hands to accelerate MDG achievement and promote inclusive post-2015 discourse

Manila and Dhaka forums of parliamentarians and CSOs

Towards the end of 2012, with only three years remaining before the deadline of the Millennium Development Goals, over 200 representatives of parliaments, civil society and development partners from across Asia-Pacific gathered in Manila and Dhaka to draw critical lessons learned from the MDGs to help pave ways for lasing social, economic and environmental sustainability beyond 2015.

Two sub-regional meetings on MDG Acceleration and the Post 2015 Development Agenda – one for Southeast, East, Northeast Asia and the Pacific on 20-21 November 2012 (Manila, Philippines) and the other for  South, Southwest, North and Central Asia on 10-11 December 2012 (Dhaka, Bangladesh) – were organized by the UN Millennium Campaign and the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD) with support of the Rockefeller Foundation and in partnership with a number of UN agencies and civil society networks. These forums were part of the concerted efforts to correct the previous lack of parliamentary participation in the MDG formulation process and to ensure their meaningful participation in the post-2015 discourse. Parliamentarians and CSOs who represent people in two different ways jointly identified core issues and priorities which would matter most to the people in terms of MDG acceleration as well as formulation of a post 2015 development framework.

At the end of the two-day discussions around such key issues as governance accountability, inequality, and sustainability, each forum adopted a final Declaration (http://www.afppd.org/parliamentarians-in-action/conference-do) which will be submitted to the High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on Post-2015. Final summary reports of the Manila and Dhaka Forums are now available.

The outcomes of the two sub-regional forums will culminate into a final parliamentarian and CSO forum on the MDGs and post-2015 development framework, which will be held in conjunction with the High Level Panel meeting at the end of March 2013 in Bali, Indonesia. Over 150 representatives from Asia-Pacific as well as from the other regions are expected to gather and recommend key elements of the post-2015 development framework for consideration by the HLP.