__,_._,On behalf of Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS)
and Third World Network (TWN), it is our pleasure to invite you to a panel
discussion on the *"Post 2015: The Global Development Agenda"*, on the *19th
of February, 2013, Tuesday, between 3 - 6 pm, at Conference Room No.2, 2nd
Floor, YWCA of Delhi, Ashoka Road*, next to Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, New
Delhi-110001. Dr. Martin Khor, Executive Director, South Centre, Geneva,
will initiate the discussion.
In 2000, 189 nations made a promise to free the world from extreme poverty
and multiple deprivations which were later shaped into the
Development Goals (MDGs). As we all know, the deadline for achieving the
MDGs was 2015. However, apart from that of poverty reduction, achievements
in terms of the other goals have lagged far behind targets. On the other
hand, the MDG approach has itself been criticised for its narrow
structuring and over-emphasis on indicators and aggregate targets, which
often obscure achievements at disaggregated levels and undermine processes,
especially qualitative ones, which fall outside the eight MDGs. It is clear
that our concerted effort towards achieving a just and equitable world is
still as necessary as it was in 2000.
With only two years left till 2015, the development debate is once more
open. The UN agencies, supported by national governments, international
institutions, think tanks, CSOs, people’s representatives and groups, are
trying to put together a post-2015 global development agenda.
The first of
these processes is initiated by the Secretary General (SG) which includes,
among other things, a High Level Panel of eminent persons to advise the SG
on the global development framework. The UN is also conducting
consultations with all above groups on several themes including
inequalities, governance, growth and employment, health, education,
environmental sustainability, food security, conflict, population dynamics,
energy and water. At the third level, national consultations are being held
in over 100 countries involving major stakeholders.
At a parallel level, as an outcome of the Rio+20 process or the UN
Conference on Sustainable Development, member states have agreed to develop
a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will build upon the
MDGs and converge with the post 2015 development agenda. The SDGs comprise
of three pillars; economic, social and environmental.
many questions that revolve around the post-2015 global
development agenda. Do we generally adhere to the MDGs but improve upon
this approach, or do we abandon it altogether and find new approaches to
development? How do we combine national priorities with an internationally
applicable framework? How do we put in place a system that ensures the
achievement of the post 2015 development agenda and how do we finance it?
Do we put onus on national governments or do we need to come up with an
international framework that can be held accountable for the success or
failure to take the development agenda in the expected direction? And
finally, the question is what will be the relationship between the Post
2015 process and the SDGs? How will these two frameworks be combined?
It is important to discuss these issues at all levels and among various
groups. We need to understand the process, the issues and
views in order to ensure our ideas, concerns and demands are taken on
board. With this objective in mind, we invite all of you to participate in
this event and share your views.
A line in confirmation will be deeply appreciated. Please email Saral Kumar
With best regards,
K. M. Gopakumar
Senior Researcher, TWN