End Poverty 2015 - Post-2015 http://endpoverty2015.org/en/topics/post-2015/feed en UNMC Holds Post-2015 Event in Washington DC http://endpoverty2015.org/en/post-2015-washington-dc-world-bank-2012 <img src="http://endpoverty2015.org/files/LOGOS.png" height="73" width="488" alt=""/> <br> <br> On April 20th, 2012 the United Nations Millennium Campaign (UNMC), in partnership with the Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP) and Beyond 2015, hosted a post-2015 civil society roundtable on civil society engagement. Nearly 60 participants attended the event providing the opportunity to reach a new audience based in Washington DC, and to also continue the discussion on how civil society can best contribute to the post-2015 process as a whole, and the many UN-led initiatives. <br> <br> The event was moderated by the Director of UNMC, Corinne Woods, and the panelists included Rajiv Joshi representing GCAP and Beyond 2015, Jeff Huffines of Civicus, Lindsay Coates of Interaction and Sering Falu Njie of UNMC. <br> <br> <strong>Key themes drawn from the discussion of this event include:</strong> <br> <br> <strong>The challenges of creating a development agenda in a drastically different world</strong> <br> <br> The location of poverty has shifted drastically today, where 75% of the world’s poor live in middle-income countries. The MDGs have been very influential in shaping the development agenda, but the reality is that many have been left behind and we are seeing increasing inequality. <br> <br> Challenges: <br> <br> <ul><li>The closing years of the MDGs, the SDGs coming out of the Rio+20 movement must both fit smoothly into the post-2015 process.</li> <li>Poverty reduction needs to be front and center, with the voices of women, youth and other marginalized groups playing an influential role.</li> <li>Human Rights’ role in the post-2015 agenda needs to be clarified</li> <li>The MDGs don’t accurately reflect all major points in the Millennium Declaration, which today is still a very relevant document.</li> <li>The global recession is not showing signs of ending soon and this reality must be taken into account.</li> <li>The US government has been more open under the Obama administration to MDGs and international frameworks on an ideological level, but still lacks in action.</li> <li>Addressing Sustainability, Human Rights and Inequality in the framework is critical</li></ul> <strong>Post 2015 is not MDG plus</strong> <br> <br> While a basic step in the post-2015 process is to review MDG implementation and learn lessons moving forward, the approach for the post-2015 framework is meant to be much more inclusive and participatory. The criticisms of the way the Millennium Development Goals, were designed is widely acknowledged and the UN is making efforts to ensure that this process is inclusive and that inputs are solicited from all stakeholders. <br> <br> The outcome may still include a set of targets and indicators with an agreed timetable for implementation. <br> <br> <strong>Challenges in creating a representative and open post-2015 agenda include issues of localization and universality.</strong> <br> <br> There are many challenges, and some potential major pitfalls in international agenda setting in a development context. The new framework must be universally applicable but at the same time flexible enough to be adaptable to local realities, and also thematic and/or issue, and area specific realities <br> <br> Secondly, there is a need to clarify the balance between inclusion in the process and the need to produce a coherent and sound development agenda. In this instance, technology is seen as a key tool to providing mass representation, and the academic track is seen as key in identifying trends, and indicators to clarify the global conversation, thematic meetings and national consultations. <br> <br> <strong>CSOs have an opportunity to seize the space created for active engagement in post-2015. We are in this together, and want to create ways of working together. </strong> <br> <br> Civil society is critical to the success of the post-2015 process because they can act as a critical link between the voices of citizens and the formal processes set up at the UN, within national governments and other sectors. However, the wide-ranging geographical and thematic areas covered by civil society pose challenges for cooperation, but if handled can be a very powerful contribution to the process. <br> <br> Key issues and challenges for CSO engagement with the post-2015 agenda include: <br> <br> <ul><li>CSOs need to have a strategy in place for influencing local and national governments. The United Nations headquarters in New York is only one key area for influence. CSOs must act at a regional and country level with the UN, but also seek to influence national governments, international financial institutions such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, and other key power brokers.</li> <li>There is a difference between soliciting voices and those voices being heard. CSOs must ensure that the voices of their constituents are acted upon.</li> <li>A wider range of citizen movements must participate in this agenda. This means going beyond professional civil society and incorporating trade unions, grassroots movements and others.</li> <li>CSOs must be given, but also create a space for active monitoring and accountability mechanisms in the new framework. The MDGs did not provide and active space for accountability mechanisms.</li> <li>The UN must actively engage and provide a roadmap for CSOs to engage in the UN process.</li> </ul> http://endpoverty2015.org/en/post-2015-washington-dc-world-bank-2012#comments English Beyond 2015 GCAP Post-2015 World Bank Mon, 30 Apr 2012 14:32:05 +0000 zachhongola 1318 at http://endpoverty2015.org