What will it take for the world’s nations to agree and commit to the next set of development goals – relevant and aspirational for all? What are the lessons learned from the current MDGs? How can we ensure that the post-2015 agenda is rooted in the needs of the poor, avoiding a northern, technocratic makeup?
With only a few years to go to 2015 when the MDGs should be achieved, the process to set a new development agenda is already well underway, building on wide and inclusive consultations across the globe.
At this seminar representatives of the UN Millennium Campaign in Africa and civil society in the global south will discuss the challenges and opportunities of the post-2015 process.
The seminar aims to take stock of the successes and failures, strengths and weaknesses, of the MDGs and how this could feed into the next set of goals:
- Did the Millennium Development Goals address the right problems or do we need a radically different development agenda?
- What are the most critical topics discussed in the south and how can we ensure that the voices of the poor feed into the process?
- What are the pitfalls ahead and how can they be avoided?
The UN Task Team Report, Realizing the Future We Want for All, and the Report of the Civil Society Reflection Group on Global Development Perspectives, No Future Without Justice, will also be discussed.
Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, (pre-recorded video interview from New York)
Charles Abugre Akelyira, Director of the UN Millennium Campaign in Africa, highly involved in the national and regional post 2015-consultations. A Ghanaian national and former Head of Global Policy and Advocacy at Christian Aid, Charles Abugre is a leading intellectual from the African continent.
Anita Nayar, Executive Committee member and Research Coordinator for Political Ecology, Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN). For the past 20 years, Nayar has worked to bring a gender perspective on environmental, social and economic issues to bear on inter-governmental negotiations, as well as national and local policies.
Johanna Teague, Special Adviser to Development Minister Gunilla Carlsson on the High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
The seminar starts at 09:00, coffee and sandwiches will be served from 08:30.
* This is the first in a series of seminars on the post-2015 agenda, jointly organized by the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation and UNDP Nordic Office.