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The High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda
This note provides a brief overview of the first meeting of the Secretary General’s High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, and provides some information on plans for the second meeting, to be held on 1 November in London, UK.
The High Level Panel is committed to an open, transparent, and inclusive process. We are particularly keen that stakeholders are kept up to date with substance and process of the Panel’s work. To that end, we propose to send out regular updates in this form.
The first meeting of the High Level Panel on 25 September in New York was an opportunity to get a sense of how Panel members view the agenda, and to trade ideas. A number of areas of broad consensus emerged from that discussion:
We should not forget the current Millennium Development Goals framework. Efforts must be accelerated to reach the MDGs in the next three years. We cannot take our eyes off the ball now. Panel members around the table highlighted this point.
Even so, there will almost certainly be ‘unfinished business’ to take forward after 2015. We will not meet all the MDGs, The Panel felt that we needed to bring this unfinished business into the new framework. We could not simply forget it. Any new framework should be built on the on the foundation of the MDGs, learning lessons from the past 12 years.
The post 2015 agenda should be focused on poverty eradication and promote sustainable development. This should be the central anchor. Yet we know that poverty is different today than it was in the year 2000. The Panel noted the importance of reflecting the changed world in any new framework, taking on board the new challenges that have arisen. Some of those mentioned included: sustainability, the importance of inclusive growth and productive capacity, conflict, gender equality and women’s empowerment, and global partnerships.
The Panel also felt strongly that its work should be evidence-based, accountable, transparent, and be the product of an inclusive consultation process.
The legitimacy and success of the process will rest on the degree to which it meaningfully reflects and incorporates the voices of key stakeholders. There is a need for global, regional, and thematic consultations with a plurality of key stakeholders including: people directly affected by poverty and injustice; women; youth; business; and broader civil society.
The second meeting of the Panel will be in London and will focus on individual and household level poverty. While the Panel meeting itself will take place on 1 November, the complete schedule of events will cover three full days:
Following the meeting in London, the Panel will meet in Monrovia and Bali in the first quarter of 2013. It will hold its final meeting in New York in May.
Following the London meeting, it is expected that co-chairs will request to hold a briefing for General Assembly members in plenary, to inform Member States about the meeting.
Online and offline outreach and consultations opportunities for stakeholders are being planned over the next few months to allow stakeholders to be informed about and provide input to the work of the Panel.
If you have any questions, suggestions or comments please do not hesitate to contact the HLP Secretariat at [email protected]
A High-level Panel was appointed by the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, to advise him on the post-2015 process, and met for the first time on 25 September at the UN headquarters in New York. The High Level Panel is co-chaired by the President of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and the Prime Minister of the UK, David Cameron. Two business representatives sit on the panel: Paul Polman, the CEO of Unilever, and Betty Maina, the CEO of Kenya’s Association of Manufacturers. The Terms of Reference and membership of the High Level Panel can he found here. The High-Level Panel will next meet in London on 1-2 November, and will be conducting a series of consultations. The Panel will deliver its report on 31 May 2013.