Leading experts from think-tanks, academia and other development organisations convened at a roundtable event to discuss the future global development framework that could follow the current Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The agenda featured the unique and groundbreaking nature of the MDGs and what should follow when they come to their natural conclusion in 2015, as well as how the global decision making process moves forward towards a new set of goals.
Over the course of the day, two separate events were organised based on the post MDG-theme and were entitled “Towards a Global Post-2015 Framework for Development”. The first saw a full day roundtable workshop bring together Chinese experts, and was followed by a separate meeting aimed at briefing the diplomatic community on the status of a series of global discussions. Participants included the Ambassadors of Tanzania and Austria, as well a number of heads of UN agencies in China. Both events were opened by Renata Dessallien, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative.
Samuel Mwita Wangwe from the Research on Poverty Alleviation (Tanzania), was one of three international speakers at the events and told of his experiences and lessons learned from his exposure to the MDG’s in Africa. Claire Melamed, from the Overseas Development Institute ODI (UK), spoke about the main debates regarding the post-MDG agenda internationally. Paul Ladd of UNDP New York outlined the UN led, inclusive global processes of formulation of the new goals to follow the MDGs.
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