Civil society-UN dialogue on Post-2015 with members of the High Level Panel on post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals

Tuesday, September 24, 2012 – 4:30pm-6:00pm

In conjunction with the September launch of the World We Weant 2015, a Civil Society Dialogue was held on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Amina J. Mohammed, Assistant Secretary General, Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on Post-2015 Development Planning, stressed that the High-Level Panel wants to make the process more inclusive and transparent. The Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) process that came out of RIO+20 needs to be about both the poor and the planet, with sustainable development at the center.

The High Level Panel agrees that we now need to work across all sectors and with all agencies. The High-Level Panel believes that people play a big role in implementation; therefore, they need to be included in the post-2015 process. Looking at the MDGs, the High-Level Panel believes the big challenge is the challenge of jobs, including meaningful jobs for youth. A big role for the private sector is expected. The High-Level Panel supports the integration of environment and development, while still focusing on human rights in deliberations and stepping away from outdated paradigms.

After the members of the High-Level Panel made their opening remarks the floor was opened to the members of civil society. There were a number of issues that were brought up, including:

–       the importance of a robust job recovery for a sustainable future;

–       the voices of civil society that are ignored within countries, especially the developing countries

–       the engagement of youth in the post-2015 process;

–       the Millennium Development Goals that have not been reached, and in which some countries are lagging behind (education for girls, maternal health, etc.;)

–       the importance of women’s empowerment for sustainable development.

The UN Panel responded that they first outlined the 3 tiers of the post-2015 civil society consultations, which involve: inclusive national, regional & global consultation processes, thematic consultations, and global conversations through the website. They hope that the voices of civil society will populate this website and feed their ideas into the High-Level Panel and open working group process. It is evident that the availability of funding is a real issue. The immediate task of the High-Level Panel will be to produce a post-2015 report in the next 8 months.