After the HLP report: responses from around the world


Event: 6 June 2013 14:30 – 16:00 (GMT+01 (BST))
Venue: London, Nairobi, Dhaka and Bogotá and streamed live online

The High-Level Panel, appointed by the UN Secretary General to advise him on the post-2015 agenda, reports on 30th May. Will the report live up to the hype? Will its recommendations meet the aspirations of the many groups and individuals who have contributed to the debate around post-2015, and will it chart a politically effective way forward for governments? This event provides a global audience with a chance to discuss the report with each other and with two key panel members.

The event will be held simultaneously in London, Nairobi, Dhaka and Bogotá. In each location, an audience and speakers will discuss the report with each other and with participants in the other locations, to provide a global response. In Nairobi, Betty Maina, Chief Executive of the Kenyan Association of Manufacturers, and member of the HLP, will present the report and answer questions. In London, Amina Mohammed, the Secretary General’s special advisor on post-2015 and ex officio member of the HLP, will offer her reflections on the report.

As well as responding to the HLP report, the event will provide an opportunity to consider its implications for the intergovernmental negotiations on post-2015 goals in the Open Working Group, and the lead up to the UN special event on the MDGs and post-2015 in September 2013.

Speakers:

IN LONDON

Amina Mohammed – The Secretary General’s special advisor on post-2015 and ex officio member of the HLP

IN NAIROBI

Betty Maina – Chief Executive of the Kenyan Association of Manufacturers and member of the HLP

Discussants:

IN DHAKA

Debapriya Bhattacharya - Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) and convener of the Southern Voice on Post-MDGs initiative

IN BOGOTA

Philipp Schönrock, Director of Cepei and academic coordinator of the CSO +2015 National Consultation in Colombia

Chair:

Claire Melamed – Head of Programme, Growth, Poverty and Inequality, ODI

For enquiries / audience requests relating to events being held in other locations, please contact the relevant office:

Nairobi – Nardos Hagos, UN Millennium Campaign, Email: nardos.hagos@undp.orgTel: +254 (0) 20 7625670

Dhaka – Mahenaw Ummul Wara, SV/CPD, Email: mahenaw@cpd.org.bd Tel: +88029134438

Bogotá – David Olarte, Cepei, Email: do@cepei.org Tel: +57 1 300 1051

Register to watch online video coverage or to attend in London.

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‘MY World’ Survey – First Results – Over 600,000 Citizens Tell the United Nations their Priorities


Over 600,000 citizens from 194 countries have already voted for the issues that would make the most difference to their lives, providing, for the first time ever, real-time and real-world intelligence on what people think about the biggest challenges facing them and their families.

MY World, the United Nations global survey for a better world is a groundbreaking initiative inviting citizens to virtually take their seat at the UN and participate in the global conversation on the next development agenda by voting in an option-based survey.

From Rwanda to Philippines and Mexico City to Amman and Madrid; across schools, mosques, offices and refugee camps, citizens have been turning out in their hundreds of thousands to vote and help define a better world for all.

In India, Laila Sein, of MY World partner AFRC INDIA, remarked: “The best thing I found about the survey is that our students have started thinking beyond cricket and mobile phones. They have begun thinking about critical issues that affect them.”

Initial results from this survey have been released this week as the UN Secretary-General’s High Level Panel for the post-2015 dialogue meets in New York to submit their recommendations on the future international development agenda. Real time results from MY World are also being presented on a regular basis to the UN Secretary-General and the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development.

To date, 57% of the votes have been collected offline, 35% though the website and around the 8% have come through mobile phone.

“We are using mobile phone and web technology as well as conducting surveys face to face to directly connect with people. This is allowing us for the first time to see in real time who is voting, from where, and what their priorities are”- highlighted Corinne Woods, Global Director of the UN Millennium Campaign“MY World is a powerful tool for national as well as global decision making. These half a million votes are just a start – we have until 2015 and beyond to continue gathering people´s views and maintain this conversation flow between policy makers and citizens around the world.”

‘Crowdsourcing’ the future development agenda.

MY World demonstrates the UN’s commitment to an open and inclusive dialogue on the post-2015 agenda and harnessing the full power of technology and social media. MY World is supported by over 400 civil society organizations, youth groups, faith organizations, corporations and global personalities.

“We are getting a rich mix of data that is generating important information not only on global priorities, but also how these differ by characteristics: gender, age, location and education level. So far there seems to be a strong overlap of priorities among regions. Education, health, water, food, “an honest and responsive government” and “protection against crime and violence” feature amongst the top ten for every region of the world”- said Claire Melamed, from the Overseas Development Institute.

What are global citizens saying?

 

Participants in MY World are asked to select which six out of sixteen issues are most important for them and their families. Results to date reveal that voters’ top three priorities are “a good education”, “better healthcare” and “an honest and responsive government”. “Access to water and sanitation” and “nutritious and affordable food” are also perceived by people as being of key importance to improving their lives.

Citizens voting predominantly for health and education reveal the continuing relevance of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which recently observed the 1000 day milestone to their 2015 target date. MY World represents an entry point for people to build on MDG achievements and help define an ambitious development agenda after 2015 that has poverty eradication and sustainable development at its core.

However, results also indicate that people are pointing to new issues to be addressed, such as “an honest and responsive government”, “better job opportunities” and “protection against crime and violence”, which also rank within the top seven priorities.

MY World has generated extremely positive and powerful responses across the world, as demonstrated by Oyebola Folajimi Kehinde, one of the thousands who participated in the offline representative survey in Nigeria: “The final statements most of the grassroots people kept hammering on was that “let’s all hope they do something tangible with the newly collated data.”

Until 2015, the UN and partners continue to invite men and women everywhere to vote in MY World and contribute to shaping a better world together.

Key Recommendations from the Asia Post-2015 Alternative Narratives Meeting


23 – 24 March, 2013 Bali, Indonesia

Representatives of civil society organizations, people’s movements, academics and researchers deliberating over two days to consider alternative narratives on development, propose the following analysis and recommendations for the consideration of the High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda1.

The discourse on a successor development framework to the MDGs is taking place at a time of profound shifts and changing dynamics. We are deeply concerned about the continuing harsh environment for sustained well-being, inclusive economic growth, social transformation, and fulfilment of human rights. The structural and systemic underpinnings
of the crisis of finance, energy, food, land and water, and the resulting turbulence and
uncertainties; widening global and national inequalities; a model of global economic
governance that imposes excessive fiscal discipline on borrowing countries; cutbacks in
public spending in areas such as health, education, water, sanitation and programs for social protection; and poorly regulated privatisation and public-private partnerships continue to stifle economic and human potential.

Rising risks and vulnerabilities from climate change; growing numbers of working poor and
people with precarious livelihoods; excessive dependence on extractive industries that are
environmentally destructive and unsustainable; and persistent and new conflicts, intensify
and entrench poverty and suffering, increase the numbers of internally displaced persons and refugees, and raise levels of violence against women, young people and the most
disadvantaged.

Read more…

Reflections on Priorities for the Post-2015 Development Agenda: the African Narrative


In February 2013, the UN Millennium Campaign in Africa held two meetings with various partners in the region in preparation of the UNDP Governance Division Global Thematic Consultation on Governance and Post 2015 Development to be held in Johannesburg.

African thinkers, parliamentarians and civil society organizations who gathered in Midrand, South Africa, articulated what is emerging as a growing consensus in various fora taking place on the continent.

These two meetings and their corresponding outcome documents are what is referred to as the “Africa Narrative”. The outcome documents bellow successfully fed into the Global Governance Consultation.

The Millennium Development Goals (MDG) agenda helped to focus the world’s attention on the importance of explicitly concentrating on and channeling resources to poverty reduction and various dimensions of social development. In Africa, this was against the backdrop of structural adjustment and ‘development as usual’ policies which had not only failed to deliver human development outcomes, but also resulted in reversals in a number of countries.

April, 5th: 1,000 days to keep the Millennium Promise


A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, but starting this week we can march a thousand days forward into a new future.

On April 5th, the world will reach a vital moment in history’s largest and most successful anti-poverty push – the 1,000-day mark before the target date to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

These eight concrete goals were set in the year 2000, when more leaders than ever before gathered at the United Nations and agreed to cut global poverty and hunger by half, fight climate change and disease, tackle unsafe water and sanitation, expand education and open doors of opportunity for girls and women.

It was not the first time leaders had made lofty promises. Cynics expected the MDGs to be abandoned as too ambitious. Instead, the Goals have helped set global and national priorities, mobilize action, and achieve remarkable results.

In the last dozen years, 600 million people have risen from extreme poverty – a fifty per cent reduction. A record number of children are in primary school – with an equal number of girls and boys for the first time. Maternal and child mortality have dropped. Targeted investments in fighting malaria, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis have saved millions of lives. Africa has cut AIDS-related deaths by one-third in just the past six years.

There are also goals and targets where we need far more progress. Too many women still die in childbirth, when we have the means to save them. Too many communities still lack basic sanitation, making unsafe water a deadly threat. In many parts of the world, rich and poor alike, inequalities are growing. Too many are still being left behind.

To accelerate action, the international community should take four steps now.

First, scale up success through strategic and targeted investments that have a multiplier effect, boosting results in all other areas: one million community health workers in Africa to serve hard-to-reach areas and keep mothers and children from dying of easily preventable or treatable conditions; scaled-up investments in sanitation; universal access to primary health services, including emergency obstetrical care; and adequate supplies to address HIV and malaria.

Ensuring equal access by women and girls to education, healthcare, nutrition and economic opportunities is one of the most powerful drivers of progress across all the Goals.

Second, let us focus on the poorest and most vulnerable countries, home to some 1.5 billion people. Often dogged by famine, conflict, poor governance and large-scale organized criminal violence, these countries are finding it most difficult to make progress despite their best efforts. Many have not yet achieved a single MDG. By investing in regions such as the Sahel, the Horn of Africa, and Central Asia, we can promote a virtuous circle of economic development, human security, and peace building.

Third, we must keep financial promises. Budgets cannot be balanced on the backs of the poorest and most vulnerable. It is ethically unacceptable and it will help neither donor nor recipient. Despite austere times, many countries have been exemplary in honoring pledges. New donors among the emerging economies are also stepping forward. We should applaud these efforts and encourage more.

Fourth, the 1,000-day mark should be a call to action to a global movement from governments to the grassroots who have been so critical to success. We should also harness the full power of technology and social media – opportunities that were not available when the goals were formulated at the turn of the century.

The MDGs have proven that focused global development objectives can make a profound difference. They can mobilize, unite and inspire. They can spark innovation and change the world.

Success in the next 1,000 days will not only improve the lives of millions, it will add momentum as we plan for beyond 2015 and the challenges of sustainable development.

There will be much unfinished business. But, as we look to the next generation of sustainable development goals, we can find deep inspiration knowing that the MDGs have shown that, with political will, ending extreme poverty is achievable and within our grasp.

Let us make the most of the next 1,000 days and make good on our Millennium promise.

The author is the secretary-general of the United Nations.

Director of UN Millennium Campaign arrives in Brazil for official visit and dialogue with civil society organisations


Rio de Janeiro, April 1st 2013 – The Director of the United Nations Millennium Campaign, Ms. Corinne Woods, arrives in Brazil tomorrow for an official visit aimed at strengthening collaboration with the Brazilian Government and civil society organizations in the context of  the post-2015 development agenda.

During her stay in the country, between April 2nd and 5th, Ms. Woods will meet young girls, slum dwellers and indigenous communities to listen to their claims and visions for the new development agenda to be in place after the expiration of the Millennium Development Goals in 2015.  Brazil’s national consultations for the post-2015 scenario are being facilitated by the United Nations in collaboration with the Government. The results of the consultations will be submitted to the High- Level Panel that will produce the report to the UN Secretary-General to advise him on the post-2015 global development agenda.

On the first day of her trip, Ms. Woods will meet with the youth in the community of Borel in the northern zone of Rio de Janeiro; on Wednesday (April 3rd), also in Rio, her focus will be an event with young girls that will count on the participation of Brazil’s Human Rights Minister, Maria do Rosario.

On Thursday (4), the Director travels to Brasilia where she is attending a public hearing with teenagers in the Human Rights Commission at the Federal Senate. On Friday (5), the last day of her visit to Brazil, she will meet with indigenous communities in Dourados, Mato Grosso do Sul, which are participating in the Joint Programme on “Food Security for Indigenous Women and Children in Brazil” (*).

The UN Millennium Campaign supports citizens’ efforts to pressure their governments to implement the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It is also responsible to guarantee that the voices and concerns of citizens are heard in the planning of the post-2015global development agenda. Learn more at www.endpoverty2015.org/about

(*) This Joint Programme comprises five UN agencies, namely: Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO / WHO), UNICEF, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), International Labour Organization (ILO), United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO); and Brazilian government partners:  Special Secretariat for Indigenous Health at the Ministry of Health (MS), the National Indigenous Peoples’ Foundation (FUNAI), Ministry of Social Development and Fight against Hunger (MDS) and the Brazilian Cooperation Agency at Ministry of External Relations (ABC / MRE).

More information:

Ms. Valeria Schilling
Communication Advisor, UNIC Rio de Janeiro
21-2253-2211 Valeria.Schilling@unic.org

Mr. Mario Volpi
UNICEF Brazil
61-3035-1969 mvolpi@unicef.org

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


PRESS RELEASE

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.

“We are reinventing the way decisions will be made at the global level,” said Olav Kjorven, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Director of Bureau for Development Policy at UN Development Programme. “People want to have a say in determining what kind of world they are going to live in and we are providing that opportunity by using digital media as well as door-to-door interviewers.”

Three emerging priorities for the future development agenda, referred to as ‘the Post-2015 agenda,’ can be identified:

  • First, the progress on MDGs should be accelerated and adapted to contemporary challenges, such as growing inequalities within countries and the impact of globalization.
  • Second, the consultations point to the need for a universal agenda to address challenges like environmental degradation, unemployment, and violence.
  • Third, people want to participate, both in the agenda-setting as well as monitoring the progress in implemention of the Post-2015 framework.

“There is huge energy and appetite to engage in these global consultations,” said John Hendra, Co-Chair of the UN Development Group MDG Taskforce and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, which co-led the discussions on how to address inequalities with UNICEF. “Of course this report is only preliminary, but it’s already clear that inequality is a universal concern, and in that context, people are calling for gender equality and women’s rights to be at the centre of the Post-2015 agenda.”

Hendra also noted that the emerging priorities are broadly consistent with the UN Task Team report “Realizing the Future We Want For All.

The United Nations engaged so far more than 200,000 people from 189 countries through a mix of digital media, mobile phone applications, conferences, and paper ballot surveys in this initiative officially launched last week in New York.

The United Nations teams in Member States are making sure that groups usually absent from participation in global processes – for example, women, indigenous communities, the youth, people with disabilities – are consulted on what they see as priorities for development of their communities.

In Peru and Ecuador, the UN Country Teams are placing a particular focus on consulting communities from the Amazon region.

In Uganda, a mobile phone text message campaign has reached 17,000 people who have voiced their opinions on issues that they care about.

In Zambia, the Post-2015 agenda discussion is supported by the First Lady, Christine Kaseba Sata and celebrities from sports and arts.

There are several tracks available for people to participate in framing the next development agenda: there are almost 100 national consultations in Member States; there are eleven thematic consultations on issues such as inequalities, food security, and access to water; people continue to contribute their ideas through the World We Want 2015 web site; and people vote for six out of 16 priorities through the MY World survey.

Findings from the global conversation will be delivered to the UN Secretary-General, Heads of State and Government attending the 2013 UN General Assembly, and the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals.

The ”Global Conversation Begins” report will be presented to the High-level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda – chaired by Prime Minister of UK David Cameron and Presidents Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia and Susilo Yudhoyono of Indonesia – in the panel’s meeting in Bali at the end of this month.

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Click here to download the report.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Stanislav Saling, UNDP;
stanislav.saling@undp.org; Tel: +1-646-781-4077; Cell: +1-917-346-1955
Sharon Grobeisen, UN Women; sharon.grobeisen@unwomen.org; Tel: +1 646 781 4753

 

MY World Survey the focus of UNIC Canberra’s information stall at the National Multicultural Festival


The MY World global survey was front and centre of UNIC Canberra’s promotional activities at the National Multicultural Festival. With almost 300 thousand attendees, this year’s National Multicultural Festival was the biggest ever and proved a perfect opportunity to promote the MY World global survey as well as other UN initiatives and programmes.

To help garner support for the MY World global survey a real voting booth was set up together with a large colourful banner, factsheets, stickers and even a replica Secretary General, who proved very popular with the crowds. On what was a very sunny Canberra day, a group of UN Youth volunteers were also on hand to encourage people to vote and have their voice heard. Despite some finding it difficult to narrow down what is important to them to just six choices, almost 400 votes were collected from people of all walks of life, with some even from as far away as the United Kingdom and Sweden.

This year again UNIC Canberra partnered with the regional United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees office (UNHCR) to promote the wider role of the United Nations in areas such as peace and security, human rights and environment.

The festival provided a great opportunity for UNIC staff to interact with the community and raise awareness about the UN’s role in the region and its priorities for this year.

The National Multicultural Festival is an annual event hosted in Canberra which this year is celebrating its centenary. The festival celebrates cultural diversity and showcases an array of multicultural arts, music, dancing and food.

http://www.myworld2015.org/

Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) Outreach with High Level Panel Members in Monrovia


The voices of the voiceless were heard and Civil Society will make sure their recommendations are taken into account and effectively inform the High Level Panel report to be presented in April to the UN Secretary General.

The objectives of the HLP outreach consultations with CSOs were to:

  • Share evidence from grassroots and CSO consultations with members of the HLP
  • Frame, articulate and deliberate on a clear vision for the future that is informed by the needs and aspirations of ordinary people worldwide
  • Articulate and agree on key pillars of economic transformation, highlighting national building blocks for sustained wealth for all
  • Create a specific platform for excluded and marginalized groups to voice their perspectives, especially youth and children; the disabled and aged; women; and farmers, traders, and workers (informal sector)
  • Engage with African CSOs, with a particular view to deliberate on an emerging African Narrative that will inform the African Consensus position

CSO Town Hall meeting, 30th January, 11.00 am

This meeting was held between all members of the HLP and seventy CSO representatives. This meeting took the format of a “town hall” event, where CSO members together with grassroots representatives shared evidence, perspectives, and recommendations on the topic of National Building Blocks for Sustained Prosperity and it’s sub-themes. This served as a framing conversation, also giving critical clarity to the vision and aspirations of ordinary citizens for the future.

This meeting was co-chaired by Mrs. Namhla Mniki-Mangaliso, Head of Africa CSO Secretariat, and Mr Charles Abugre, Head of UNMC Africa.
Professor Gita Sen presented the outcomes of the CSO 2-day pre-consultative forum to the HLP (video coming soon).

Ousainou Ngum, ACORD Executive Director, addressed the HLP members talking to the process that led to the creation of the African CSO Secretariat mandated by Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf; and introducing the African Narrative to be developed before the Bali meeting and aiming at a common African Position to inform the post 2015 framework.

CSO Roundtable Discussions, 12.00 pm

The CSO Roundtable Discussions were held between all members of the HLP and seventy CSO representatives for one hour, thirty minutes. There were five roundtables with twenty participants each (15 CSO representatives and 3-5 HLP members). The five roundtables took place with specific marginalized groups, i.e. children, youth; women and gender; the disabled and aged; and small businesses, farmers, traders, and trade unions.

The lead agency for each roundtable were as follows:

  •  Children – Child Protection Network, Liberia
  •  Youth – Organisation for African Youth working with Restless Development
  •  Women and Gender – FEMNET working with the Liberian Women’s Coalition
  •  Aged and Disability – HelpAge working with Africa Decade of Persons with Disabilities
  •  Farmers, Trader, Informal Sector – ACORD and ITUC

Original article – http://www.askafricanow.org/www/en/news/day-3-cso-outreach-with-hlp-members-in-monrovia/

Day Two of the CSO Pre-Consultative Forum Post 2015 High Level Panel Meeting


A successful second day of the CSO pre-consultative forum culminated in the presentation of five key statements to Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who attended the meeting at 4pm GMT. Five vulnerable group representatives addressed the outcomes of the CSO forum and a CSO Communiqué will be published and widely circulated tomorrow 30 jan, for the global civil society to use this advocacy tool as theirs and take action towards individual members of the high level panel in their respective countries or regions.
Each vulnerable group task force – children, youth, ageing and disability, women and gender, farmers, workers and informal sector – worked very hard to come to a consensus on what should be the one thing HLP members must remember for the framework to be truly inclusive and working towards sustainable human development and human rights.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf acknowledged the tremendous work done by civil society in Liberia, Africa and globally and was delighted to see the diversity and number of CSO representatives attending this important meeting. She thanked civil society for “the robust consultations and key recommendations she will bring to the HLP members”.

Watch President Sirleaf’s response to civil society here:

Vision statements for groups

1. Children
The HLP needs to consider developing a framework that addresses structural child poverty in various contexts and enables good governance and accountability around child rights and protection. In order for children to participate in the economic transformation the new framework must prioritize initiatives that promote quality education, health care, reproductive health, information, adequate nutrition, appropriate services for children living with disabilities and must ensure that national governments provide budgetary allocations and are held accountable for the protection of children from all forms of violation and exploitation.

2. Women
The achievement of gender equality, the protection of women’s human rights including sexual and reproductive rights and support for women’s empowerment are critical to the success of the entire post 2015 development agenda. Madam President, our key ask is for a reinforced standalone gender goal and expanded gender targets and indicators across the entire framework. Failure to do so would reverse the gains of the last 20 years.

3. Farmers, workers, traders, the informal sector (joint statement)
Inclusive and sustainable growth, underpinned by a rights-based approach, which must include citizenship participation and empowerment through education, training and skills development, increased decent employment for all and universal social protection.
Urgent need for policy frameworks that support small/traditional/communal farming in order to ensure access to traditionally accelerate and affordable food for all ensuring their access to input into production, income, land, infrastructure services and to markets while respecting the rights of farmers to decide what to produce and for whom.

4. Youths
An unemployed youth population significantly increases the danger of major structural unemployment for many years to come. This is a massive inefficiency to both them and to global society in terms of costs to government and lost potential wages. As well as the economic concerns a large dispossessed population such as this is also a trigger for rising crime and social disorder, which includes disparity of access between young women and adolescent girls towards the productive resources and enabler factors.
We agree that a comprehensive international youth policies must rest upon four pillars:
- The provision of more and better education, including formal education, informal education and vocational trainings;
- Active and dignified insertion of youth in the workplace ensuring them a good wage and jobs as part of a career path, as well as liberty, gender equality, and security;
- The provision of career centers, knowledge exchanging facilities among youth nationally and internationally by the establishment of youth workers union.
- Social dialogue to facilitate a successful matching of labor demand and supply, to ensure successful programming and to foster youth hiring.

5. Aged and disabled people
The post-2015 framework must enable focus on the poorest and most marginalised groups, such as persons with disabilities and the aged. The new framework should include full and equal participation of people with disabilities and the aged in all stages of the process including decision making, focus as cross-cutting theme across all the goals, ensuring required targets and indicators are measured through the collection of disaggregated data. It is also important that the post-2015 framework should redress the effects of discrimination and exclusion, and address economic and social transformation as well as access.