UN releases details of its process to create a post-2015 development framework
UN Development Programme (UNDP) is currently mobilising support around an initiative that aims to:
- Build a strategic coalition of partners to shape the post-2015 development agenda through broad engagement of poor and vulnerable people, governments, NGOs and grassroots organisations, the private sector, trade unions and workers, and the academic community;
- Ensure that the post-2015 development agenda accounts for the changing development context and critical challenges of our time, builds on the momentum of and lessons learned from the MDGs, and is guided by core UN norms, values and commitments.
To facilitate the process, the following activities are in preparation:
- Inclusive national consultations process to stimulate the debate on the post-2015 development agenda, May 2012 – January 2013. These outreach exercises would complement formal consultations led by the UN’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) on behalf of the General Assembly (GA), and others that the UN is supporting such as those in preparation of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). In an initial step, 50 countries will be supported (see table below, click on it to enlarge). However, UNDP's aim is to facilitate the largest possible number of national consultations. Thus this provisional list does not preclude support to other countries.
- Thematic consultations with academia, media, private sector, employers and trade unions, civil society and decision makers, from May 2012. Themes of global meetings include:
- Inequalities (across all dimensions, including gender)
- Health (including issues covered by MDGs 4, 5, 6, plus non communicable diseases)
- Education (primary, secondary, tertiary and vocational)
- Growth and employment (including investment in productive capacities, decent employment, and social protection)
- Environmental sustainability (including access to energy, biodiversity, climate change)
- Food security and nutrition
- Governance (at all levels)
- Conflict and fragility (including post-conflict countries, and those prone to natural disasters)
- Population dynamics (including ageing, international and internal migration, and urbanisation)
- Creation of a web portal allowing open interaction and information exchange (by August 2012)
The evidence and perspectives generated through these activities listed above will be synthesised so as to feed into the work of the High Level Panel that the UN SG will convene in summer 2012, and also to the special event that UN member states have asked the President of the GA to convene in September 2013. It will therefore be a key input into intergovernmental discussions on options for a post-2015 development framework.
UNDP will issue guidance to UN Country Teams who will carry out the national consultations. Organisations participating in Beyond 2015 are encouraged to get in contact as soon as possible with UN Country Teams, asking:
- if any of the funds can support civil society deliberations in advance of the UN national consultations
- for civil society organisations to be included in the national consultations
- for the national consultations to take into account the Beyond 2015 Essential Must Haves