“Issues before the General Assembly and the Post-2015 Development Agenda”
The main focus of the Briefing was to discuss the efforts made by the UN in reaching the Millennium Development Goals and the importance of working together with civil society and stakeholders in shaping the new post-2015 development agenda.
Key points discussed and questions raised at the panel discussion
• One panelist discussed the critical importance of “going underneath the statistics” to actively seek-out those citizen voices that are unheard, and truly incorporating their views into the discussions and implementation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
• “The World We Want” online platform was highlighted which provides an outlet for people from all over the world to voice their concerns in order to help build a collective vision that will be used proactively by the United Nations and world leaders to plan a new development agenda to be launched in 2015.
• The panelists stressed the need for convergence of efforts in terms of advancing from the current fragmented approach to a collective one, which takes into account all stakeholder views. They underlined the need for consistency, uniformity, meaningful engagement and partnership and the concept of leaving no person behind.
• NGOs were invited to consult the UN global survey for citizens called, MY World which aims to capture people’s voices, priorities and views, so world leaders can be informed as they begin the process of defining the next set of global goals to end poverty.
• The six thematic priorities of the Office of the President of the General Assembly were outlined and NGOs were invited to attend the high-level debates and events related to these issues.
• One speaker shared the essential work of the Post-2015 Development Planning team within the Executive Office of the Secretary-General.
• Another panelist stressed the need to implement and build on the Millennium Declaration.
• It was also stated that technology is not the answer to everything/all development challenges especially sustainable development.
• The need for Member States to be encouraged, influenced and monitored with regards to how the next development agenda is shaped was mentioned.
• Mr. Maher Nasser, Director, Outreach Division, DPI
• Mr. Daniel Dickinson, Acting Chief, NGO Relations, Outreach Division, DPI
• Mr. Jorge Laguna-Celis, Senior Advisor on sustainable development to the President of the UN General Assembly
• Mr. Nelson Muffuh, Head of Outreach, Post-2015 Development Planning Unit, Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General
• Ms. Corinne Woods, Director, UN Millennium Campaign, UNDP
The Briefing was attended by 220 NGO representatives and their guests. A question and answer period followed the panel discussion.
The following video clips were shown at the Briefing:
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