An uphill battle: Making land a stand- alone development goal

A high-level meeting in Geneva coming to a close today is seen as a success. Government and development leaders have agreed to encourage governments to develop and implement national drought management policies. But this is only the beginning of a more rigorous process.

Drought affects food security and sometimes leads to unrest. Despite its predictability, there remains a huge gap in the way the aid community addresses it, suggested the executive secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, who spoke to Devex ahead of today’s closing of the U.N.-organized high-level meeting on national drought policy.

UNCCD plans to drum up attention to land management, with the goal of pushing for its inclusion in the post-2015 development agenda. The convention has a number of influential “drylands ambassadors”: economist Jeffrey Sachs, South African singer Deborah Fraser and Spanish football player Carlos Marchena. Pedro Verona Rodrigues Pires, a former president of Cape Verde, and Princess Basma bint Ali of Jordan are also expected to come on board this year.

Read more at devex


New York: UNDP chief calls for new development goals linkages

UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark has called for new development targets that focus on how growth, poverty alleviation and sustainability can complement one another.

“At UNDP we believe it is critical to link the poverty eradication, social equity and environmental sustainability agendas together,” Ms. Clark was quoted as saying on Monday at the opening of a two-day conference in San Jose, Costa Rica, on a new agenda once the anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) pass their 2015 target date.

In a statement on the conference made available to PANA in New York on Tuesday, she said: “Environmental sustainability cannot be a mere add-on to a new global development agenda or stand alone in a vertical silo.

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CIVICUS examines the Human Rights records of the Central African Republic and Malaysia

In addition to last weeks' CIVICUS submissions on China, Jordan, Mexico and Nigeria, CIVICUS has made further interventions for the UN Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on the human rights records of the Central African Republic and Malaysia. The submissions examine these countries' track records in relation to the freedoms of expression, association and assembly.

  • In the Central African Republic, the CIVICUS submission highlights the triple threat faced by journalists, civil society activists and human rights defenders which stem from the executive and judiciary, armed groups and the military of the Central African Republic.
  • In Malaysia, the submission highlights the state's crackdown on the BERSIH protest movements following those of the Arab Spring, and the enactment of new legislation purporting to bring political reform but which continues to hinder the autonomy and human rights of the Malaysian people.


This week, in e-CIVICUS

  • Measure What You Treasure
  • OBS Annual Report 2013: Violations of the right of NGOs to funding - from harassment to criminalisation
  • SURVEY on innovative practices in the self-regulation of CSOs English, French or Spanish
  • CIVICUS examines the human rights situations in China, Jordan, Mexico and Nigeria
  • Dispatches from Geneva: 1st Week of the Human Rights Council (25 February - 1 March 2013)
  • Development must be about freedom from fear and freedom from want
  • Belgium: Enhancing the role of civil society
  • Technology: Civil society's latest threat is right before our eyes

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President Khama opens the Dialogue on Health in the Post- 2015 Development Agenda

His Excellency the President Lt. General Seretse Khama Ian Khama officially opened the High Level Dialogue on the MDG Post-2015 Health Agenda on 5th September 2013 at the Gaborone International Conference and Convention Centre.

About 50 senior officials and experts are participating in the meeting. Among them are Heads of United Nations agencies, including the WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan, the Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Anthony Lake, and ministers of health from a number of countries as well as representatives from the UN Secretary General’s High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on Post-2015 development planning, global health partnerships, the private sector, civil society organizations and academia.

Read more at World Health Organization


Toward Consensus in a Goal for Education within the Post- 2015 Development Agenda: A Tale of Two Regional Consultations

On February 28, 2013, 35 delegates representing civil society organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), research institutes and think tanks consulted with the African Union on the post-Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) education agenda and recommended priority areas for the post-2015 framework.  The meeting, held in Addis Ababa, was organized by the African Union in collaboration with Save the Children, UNICEF and the Organization for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA).  In his opening address, Ned Olney, Save the Children’s Ethiopia country director, spoke on the current state of education in Ethiopia to emphasize that inequity and learning gaps remain key challenges to children’s education across the globe and must be addressed in the post-2015 development framework.

Read more at Brookings


The Times They Are A Changin’

As the date of 2015 approaches, the international community is analysing the results of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that were omnipresent in the development debate since 2000.
But many are already looking further, beyond the magic date of 2015.

Multi-stakeholder consultations are taking place in almost 100 countries worldwide with a view to shape the new development agenda beyond 2015. The information that will be generated through this consultative process should influence the proceedings of the UN International High-Level Panel on post-2015.

This Panel, that is co-chaired by the UK Prime Minister David Cameron, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf from Liberia and President Susilo Yudhoyono from Indonesia, is composed of 27 eminent persons from all parts of the world. Over the past months the Panel has met three times and it will meet again at the end of March in exotic Bali before presenting its conclusions to UN Secretary general Ban Ki-Moon in May in New York.

Read more at Talking Points


Post- MDGs: It’s Time to Listen to the People

As the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) approaches, with many of the targets set to remain unreached, global policy makers are searching for post-2015 replacements.

But while some progress has been made around the MDGs, if Africa is to see real and sustainable development, it is crucial that the post-2015 goals privilege indigenous voices and ways of promoting home-grown solutions to local problems.

Read more at Think African Press


Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Are Key to Addressing Global Poverty

President Barack Obama pledged during his January 2013 State of the Union address that the United States would join with its allies to “eradicate” extreme poverty over the “next two decades” by connecting more people to the global economy and empowering women.

Putting an end to extreme poverty requires providing opportunities for all individuals, especially women, to thrive through education, nutrition, and health. In order to achieve this goal, a greater emphasis must be placed on gender equality and the removal of barriers that disproportionately affect women.

A great deal of progress has been made in the fight against poverty, particularly since the adoption of the U.N. Millennium Development Goals, or MDGs, in 2001. From 1990 through 2008, the number of people worldwide living in extreme poverty fell by more than 800 million. Yet barriers to prosperity still remain—such as inequality and discrimination against marginalized populations—and new challenges continue to emerge that impede goals to reduce poverty.

Read more at Center for American Progress masthead


Nationwide Post- Millennium Development Goals Consultation Set for March 18

The Government of Liberia with support from the United Nations in Liberia will on March 18, 2013, hold nation-wide consultations on the Post 2015 MDGs Development Framework.

The objective of these consultations is to ensure a bottom up approach to the development of the next Global Development Agenda, so that the plan is informed by the aspirations, perspectives and voices of the people who will be affected by the Agenda, making an improvement over the previous MDGs in order to facilitate an inclusive, nationally led process.

These consultations are expected to stimulate inclusive discussions amongst national stakeholders which include government representatives, NGOs, civil society, community-based organizations (CBOs), indigenous peoples, women’s and social movements, youth and children, as well as the private sector among others, to build a shared global vision on the “Future we Want” with clear recommendations for governments, civil society and broad stakeholders on the Post 2015 MDGs Development Framework.

Read more at Front Page Africa


National Consultation on Post- 2015 Development Agenda Held in Beijing

The second round of consultations in China on the Post-2015 Development Agenda took place in Beijing on March 11, 2013. Renata Dessallien, United Nations Resident Coordinator, Zhang Xiao'an, Vice President of the United Nations Association, and more than 100 representatives from social organizations, UN agencies and government agencies participated in the discussion to provide suggestions for the High-Level Panel convened by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon as it considers a new global development framework to succeed the Millennium Development Goals after 2015.

This event complemented the first consultation which occurred on December 5, 2012, in Kunming, Yunnan Province. The discussions built upon six key focus areas identified by the December consultation: Poverty reduction and inclusive growth, environmental and green development policy, global health, women and children, education and international co-operation.

"It is hoped that from these six starting points a post-2015 development agenda will be devised that is action orientated, concise and easy to communicate… balanced and comprehensive… and emphasizing of inclusiveness," said Dessallien. In pursuit of this the Beijing discussions were held from a bottom-up perspective that gave significant voice to the poor and other marginalized groups; three quarters of the participants were representatives of social organizations.

Read more at All- China Women’s Federation


Post- 2015 Women’s Coalition at CSW57!

At the year’s CSW, the Post-2015 Women’s Coalition utilize this interconnected space to engage with partners, allies and Governments from every region as we begin to map out key asks and guidelines for challenging and transforming the global development paradigm. Below, find a list of events to engage in this dialogue:

Read more at Post- 2015 Women’s Coalition


TAG- Forum to Host UN Consultation Meeting on Post- 2015 Development Meeting

The UN Consultation Meeting on Post -2015 Development will be held on Monday at Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Knowledge Forum with the participation of private sector, UN and government representatives to discuss the role of private sector in the post 2015 development plans.

HE Dr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh and UN Resident Coordinator Ms. Costanza Farina will tackle key issues during panel discussions.

The event aims at creating a platform for dialogue on the vital role private sector has in development. It also paves the way for more involvement of the private sector in setting and shaping the sought development goals in the post 2015 and will present the progress towards achieving the MDGs, and will introduce the Post 2015 development agenda. It will also give examples on the involvement of the private sector in the post 2015 consultations at the global level.

Read more at AG- IP News


Post- 2015 Development Agenda

UNDP launched an unprecedented global conversation through which people can help shape the future development agenda after 2015 when the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire.

Three out of the eight millennium development targets – on poverty, slums and water – have been met ahead of the 2015 deadline, but much remains to be done. The future development framework – the Post-2015 agenda – should build on the lessons learned from working toward achieving the MDG’s which have been providing the structure for the UN’s development activities since the Millennium Summit in 2000.

Read more at UNDP


Final meeting of the Post- 2015 Thematic Consultation on Governance

As reported on the IISD website, the final meeting of the Post-2015 Thematic Consultation on Governance, in which was attended by 250 participants, took place in Midrand, South Africa from 28 February to 1 March 2013. Co-led by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), it aimed to build consensus and recommend how to integrate global, regional, national and sub-national governance and accountability with the intergovernmental process on the UN’s post-2015 development agenda.
Participants discussed a variety of issues relating to governance and accountability, emphasizing, among other things, the need to: address the challenges of poverty and inequality; empower indigenous peoples; improve the accountability of UN agencies; empower women; promote democratic governance; improve citizens’ awareness of their right to hold their leaders accountable; increase public participation and involvement; and combat corruption.
The outcomes of the meeting will feed into an overall report, which will be used to engage with the HLP, the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other key processes in preparation for the General Assembly’s Special Event on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in September 2013 and beyond.

Read more at NGOs Beyond 2014


Let’s prioritise economic growth and trade

The current Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have roughly a thousand days to go before their end-2015 target date. The significance of the MDGs lies first and foremost in the fact that they gave the world a shared development agenda.

They identified a set of shared goals around which we could collectively mobilise and they established time-bound goalposts for progress, many with quantifiable targets, against which we could measure our performance.

But beyond these targets and goals, the MDGs placed poverty reduction at the top of the global agenda. In doing so, they reshaped policy priorities, galvanising the attention and interest of governments, international organisations, the private sector, and individuals.

Read more at Business Daily


Global leadership meet set to start

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the two-day ‘Global Leadership Meeting for Population Dynamics’ meeting where representatives of 51 countries including ministers will attend.

Briefing journalists on the eve of the meeting Foreign Minister Dipu Moni on Monday said it would be a part of the 50 global consultative meetings that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon had earlier planned to hold with nine agreed themes.

“Population Dynamics is one of these agreed themes,” she said.

She added that the conference would have ‘a deeper look’ on issues that can be included in the post-2015 development agenda.

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted in 2000 will expire in 2015.

It was agreed at the Rio+20 meeting in June last year that a new set of goals under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the next cycle will begin after 2015.



UN mulls development pattern for Post- 2015 era

The United Nations held the second round of consultations in China on the Post-2015 Development Agenda in Beijing Monday. The session followed the first consultation held last December in Kunming, Yunnan Province.

The meetings were called upon for suggestions regarding the High-Level Panel convened by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, as it considers a new global development framework to succeed the Millennium Development Goals after 2015.

The discussions built upon six key focus areas identified by the December consultation: Poverty reduction and inclusive growth, environmental and green development policy, global health, women and children, education and international cooperation.

"It is hoped that from these six starting points a post-2015 development agenda will be devised that is action orientated, concise and easy to communicate… balanced and comprehensive… and emphasizing of inclusiveness," said Dessallien, UN Resident Coordinator in China.



Africa- Wide Consultation On the Post- 2015 Development Agenda and Review of Africa’s Progress Toward the MDGs

The 2015 deadline for the current Millennium Development Goals has led to a flurry of activities on what the post-2015 development agenda should look like. Should the MDGs be retained in their current configuration with an extended deadline, reformulated, or replaced by an alternative framework? Underlying all these is the question of which option is likely to have the greatest impact on poverty eradication in Africa.

Ministers, parliamentarians, policy-makers, members of the Secretary-General's High Level Panel on the post-2015 agenda, as well as representatives from civil society, youth organizations and the private sector, will attend the third and final regional consultation to define Africa's position on the post-2015 development priorities, and review Africa's progress on reaching the MDGs, on March 11-14, 2013 in Hammamet, Tunisia.

The meeting is hosted by the African Development Bank (AfDB), in partnership with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the Africa Union Commission (AUC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Read more at AllAfrica


Calls for new development agenda to spur regional growth

Delegates attending the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean have called for a "more ambitious post-2015 development agenda" in promoting growth with greater inclusion, protection, social equality and environmental sustainability in the region.

Guyana's Minister of Foreign Affairs Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett, speaking at the opening session on Thursday, said that "if we are going to succeed in the post-2015 development agenda, all segments of society must participate, especially those more vulnerable".

Heraldo Muñoz, chair of the United Nations Development Group - Latin America and the Caribbean (UNDG-LAC), said that it is vital to avoid the imposition of a development agenda from above.

Read more at Jamaica Observer


Post- 2015 goals must suit new contexts, UNDP chief says

New global development goals must reflect current realities while sustaining the vision and momentum of the original Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), according to the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark.

In opening remarks to a global conference on "Making the MDGs Work", Ms. Clarke said "The food, fuel, climate, economic, political, and security crises of the first 12 years of this century have reminded us of how fragile development gains can be in the face of shock and adversity".

She said "What the MDGs have taught us is to aim high and think bigger", noting that the well-being of people and the planet we share depend on that.

Read more at United Nations Radio


What is the world we want? Post- 2015 development goals under scrutiny at an international conference in Helsinki

Minister for International Development Heidi Hautala will host an international conference, Conflict, Violence and Disaster in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, on 13 March, to discuss the devastating effects of conflict, violence and disaster as well as new post-2015 development goals. The conference is part of the ongoing global consultation process which aims to meet the new development challenges after the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals has passed. Conference delegates will be high-level representatives from UN Member States, NGOs, the private sector and UN agencies.

In 2000, world leaders reached agreement on how the world would be made a better place. Eight development goals were set, and it was decided to achieve them by the year 2015. Of these Millennium Development Goals, three have already been achieved: poverty has been cut in half, the living conditions of slum-dwellers and access to clean water have improved, and as many girls as boys now start school. However, there is still a way to go.

Read more at Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland


Post- 2015 Development Agenda: Intellectual Property


Director-General Pascal Lamy, in a speech at the Conference on International Cooperation in 2020 in the Hague on 7 March 2013, said that “economic growth and trade — as a driver of growth — deserve a prominent place in the post 2015 development agenda. We need an agenda that integrates economic growth with social inclusion and with environmental protection.” He added: “Collectively we must plan for a common destination for the post-2015 development agenda. We need a compass that has countries converging around the same destination.

‘Convergence’ must be an overarching principle. At the same time we need to allow for differences in the pace and rhythm of getting there. And we must make special efforts towards the poorest and weakest. These are in my view the three basic ingredients for a post-2015 development agenda.”

Read more at Scoop World Independent News


Health in Post- 2015: Forging Consensus n Botswana

Today and tomorrow, a high level meeting has been convened in Botswana to conclude the post-2015 health consultation.

The 40 participants include representatives from governments, the Health 8, the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel of eminent persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, academia, civil society, the private sector, youth, global leaders, and the Botswana, Sweden, UNICEF, and WHO Task Team that has led the consultation.

Save the Children facilitated a consultation in Bolivia, so we are lucky to have a colleague there to feed into the discussion and report back. Watch this space…

Read more at Save the Children


Reducing Poverty: an online consultation to inform the OECD Global Forum on Development

An online consultation called Reducing poverty is achievable: finding those who are hidden by inequalities, has been set up by Development Progress, WikiProgress and the OECD . It opened on the 6th of March 2013 – and will run until the 15th. A summary of the online consultation will then be presented at the OECD Global Forum on Development (4-5 April) which will focus on the global development agenda beyond 2015.

The online consultation provides an opportunity to debate and discuss a wide range of perspectives on poverty and inequality ahead of the forum. The discussion will be focused on the individuals, families, communities and societies rendered invisible by economic inequality, and will highlight successful programmes, policies and methods which have positively impacted people’s lives.

You are encouraged to participate in the consultation (made easy by the ‘contribute’ link)!...

Read more at what comes after the MDGs?


ABANTU Commemorates International Women’s Day (IWD)

International Women’s Day (IWD) was, yesterday, commemorated with a stakeholder Consultation in Accra on the theme: ‘Staying on Track for Gender Responsiveness in Post 2015 Development Agenda’.
IWD is celebrated annually to honour women’s advancement while diligently reminding policy makers and critical actors of the continued vigilance and action to ensure that women’s advancement and gender equality become a reality in all aspects of life.

In Ghana, this year’s IWD is on theme: ‘The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum’ while that of the UN is “A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women”.

The Consultation, organised by ABANTU for Development, a sub-regional gender policy advocacy Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), in collaboration with Christian Aid Ghana, aimed to create greater awareness and provide a platform for harnessing efforts towards building a momentum in gender equality activism in the country.

Read more at Government of Ghana


Millennium Development Goals: Eliminating Violence Against Women- an Unfinished Agenda

On the 8th of March (tomorrow) we celebrate International Women's Day worldwide to pay tribute to women for their engagement in the development process. Once again we will be celebrating women's day but sure we are called upon to reflect whether we should really celebrate while millions of women are subject to inhuman treatment and violence which is a gross violation of human rights. While violence against women is universal, there is variation in its nature and manifestation across societies at different times, for different groups of women, and even for the same woman at different times in her life. Violence against women (VAW) is also an obstacle to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, despite progress made at the policy and political levels.

In 2013 in our modern world violence against women persists, unabated, in all parts of the world. Intimate partner violence is the most common type of violence against women, but VAW takes many other forms, as well. Violence against women also includes violence in times of war or when governance systems have collapsed ; the systematic use of physical, emotional, verbal, psychological and sexual violence to terrorize and antagonize the whole communities or ethnic groups. It is a scary feature of conflict and oppression that has been acknowledged by development partners.



ECLAC- Economic Commission for Latin America: Equality and Environmental Sustainability Are at the Heart of the Post- 2015 Development Agenda

Today, authorities from several Latin American countries and international experts opened the Conference on Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean: Follow-up to the development agenda beyond 2015 and Rio+20 , which is being held from 7 to 9 March in Bogotá, Colombia.

At the opening of the meeting, which is organized by the Government of Colombia and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and attended by all United Nations agencies in the region, participants agreed that a more ambitious post-2015 development agenda was needed to promote growth with greater inclusion, protection, social equality and environmental sustainability.

Read more at 4- traders


Millennium Development Goals Summit

From 29th to 30th of May 2013 at the NEC in Birmingham, UK, a Business focused Millennium Development Goals Summit  will be held to encourage increased communication between Government, UN organisations, NGOs and the private sector.

Themed: Sustainable Business Solutions That Deliver Change, this is set to be platform for all stakeholders to share ideas and also learn about new technologies and processes that contribute to the attainment of the MDG Goals. Over two days, the program will move through three broad topic areas…

Read more at The Partnering Initiative


The Declaration of the Millennium Development Goals

More than a decade after the establishment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), ample confusion persists regarding their genesis. In particular, many people misunderstand the relationship between the contents of the September 2000 UN Millennium Declaration and the original MDG Targets that were extracted from that Declaration. As recently as 2012, I have heard senior global policy figures state a belief that, “The Millennium Declaration did not establish any quantitative targets. Those were set afterwards.” This is not correct. All of the MDGs’ original formal Targets were established in the Millennium Declaration.

The roots of the misunderstanding probably lie in the U.S. government’s stance from mid-2001, when the MDGs were first used as a policy term, through September 2005, when President Bush first used the words “Millennium Development Goals” in public. During the interim period, U.S. officials would commonly state that, “The United States supports the goals of the Millennium Declaration but not the Millennium Development Goals,” or that “The United States supports Goals 1 through 7 but not Goal 8.” When looking at the actual contents of the Millennium Declaration and the original MDG Targets, neither statement is logical.

Read more at Brookings


The Post- 2015 Development Agenda: What’s at stake for the world’s women?

In 2000, world leaders promised to halve extreme poverty by 2015 with a global plan called the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs). In 2015, the agenda will come to an end with uneven results. Civil society activists and representatives, and UN member States, are now discussing priorities for a Post-2015 Development Agenda, and the battle to influence the agenda has begun. At a meeting at the CSW yesterday, members of the Post-2015 Women's Coalition - feminists, women's rights workers, women's development specialists, grassroot activists and social justice organisations - presented their joint effort to influence the post-2015 agenda.

They are asking for it to be shaped and grounded in human rights, asking for gender equality, and demanding that the agenda address structural factors perpetuating crisis, inequality, insecurity and the violation of human rights. They want the new agenda to be developed with the full participation and leadership of women, and to have strong mechanisms for accountability both within countries and at the international level.

Read more at 50.50 inclusive democracy


Strengthening the Pacific Voice in the Post- 2015 Development Framework

Although the Pacific shares a strong sense of vulnerability with other fragile states, it faces its own very specific set of development challenges relating to size, location and unmatched exposure to climate change, ocean acidification, natural disasters, and other external shocks.

Last year, during the Special Body on the Pacific Island Developing Countries at our annual ESCAP Commission Session, I said that Pacific concerns about the collective management of the ocean economy, as a global and regional common good must be incorporated into our regional and global development planning and strategies about resilience, climate change, and sustainability.

We need a mindset change from one which regards our island states as small and isolated, to one which sees them as the custodians of our large ocean of opportunity. I would like to repeat that message today as we discuss the MDGs and the post-2015 development agenda.

Read more at the United Nations Economic Commission for Asia and the Pacific


Nigeria: Health and the World the Want 2015 (part 2)

Last week I wrote on 'Health and the World We Want 2015' and I promised to comment in its part 2 'Health Priorities post 2015', 'Post 2015 guiding principle, goals and targets' and 'Implementation'.

I made reference to the 77 page report titled 'Health in the Post 2015 Development Agenda' that was released end of February 2013 as a result of the global consultation on health sector post 2015.

In the part one of the article I provided insight to the objectives of the health thematic consultation aimed at stimulating wide-range discussion at global, regional, and country levels on progress made and lessons learnt from the MDGs relating to health and also observed some of the weaknesses of the MDGs which do not capture the broader dynamic of development enshrined in the Millennium Declaration, including human rights, equity, democracy, and governance and the lack of attention to equity is widely regarded as one of the most significant shortcomings of the health MDGs and the process was also faulted that led to the emergence of MDGs from a technocratic closed-door process that was poorly specified, influenced by special interests, and lacked a coherent conceptual design or rigorous statistical parameters.

Read more at AllAfrica


Nigeria: Health and the World We Want 2015 (part 1)

In line with the post 2015 health agenda, on February 28th, 2013, a draft report was shared among development workers which reflected an extensive global public consultation, held from September 2012 to January 2013. The 77 page report is titled 'Health in the Post 2015 Development Agenda.'

As a rider to the issue in July 2012, the UN Secretary-General convened the High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda to advice on the global development framework beyond 2015. The Panel is co-chaired by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, and Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom, and it includes leaders from civil society, the private sector, and government. Realizing the Future We Want for All is being used to help frame the work of the Panel, which will submit its report to the UN Secretary-General in the second quarter of 2013.

According to the draft report the Task Team for the Global Thematic Consultation on Health is co-led by WHO and UNICEF, in collaboration with the Governments of Botswana and Sweden, supported by a small secretariat and a UN interagency group that includes OHCHR, UNAIDS, UNDESA, UNDP, and UNFPA.

Read more at Daily Trust


Development must be about freedom from fear and freedom from want

Rising inequality, abuses by transnational corporations and the global democratic deficit were key themes at last week's UN consultation on governance and the post-2015 development agenda, in Johannesburg, South Africa. The consultation was one of a series of expert meetings the UN is holding to debate what should replace the millennium development goals (MDGs), which expire in 2015.

The demand for "honest and transparent governance" was the second most critical issue highlighted by respondents in the UN's global survey for a better world. Strong demands are being made by civil society for good governance to be viewed both as an issue to be considered across development as well as a standalone target post the MDGs, with clear indicators to measure levels of "participatory democracy".

There is huge pressure from financial institutions, big business and some world leaders, however, to ensure that the primary focus of the post-2015 development agenda remains on economic growth. Many civil society groups view the MDGs' assumption that there can be development without freedom as lop-sided. Although the MDGs have a strong focus on poverty reduction and some economic and social rights, they contain no mention of "good governance" and "Democratic and participatory governance based on the will of people" – both of which were clearly spelt out in the millennium declaration.

Read more at The Guardian


Are we making progress with building governance into the post- 2015 framework?

Momentum is building for governance and accountability issues to have a greater profile in the post 2015 framework, and there is a growing recognition that we cannot afford to ignore governance even if it is politically challenging to incorporate.

This briefing by Leni Wild and Gina Bergh, researchers at the Overseas Development Institute, provides an assessment of some of the main proposals on the table that have been gaining traction in the debate, as well as some potential risks in the direction that these debates are heading.

The research finds that there is a need for greater reflection on some of the developmental functions of governance, aside from particular forms of governance or institutions. Based on this assessment we propose ideas on which aspects of governance could usefully be built into post 2015 goals.

As the UN and partners host their final meeting within the global consultation on governance and post 2015 goals this week, we argue that the approach taken in this area needs to be ambitious. But it must also leave behind the policy prescriptions and blueprints of the past. We need to recast the conversation by opening it up to new actors and debates, and thinking creatively about how to develop targets and indicators.

Read more at ODI what comes after the MDGs?


Latin American and Caribbean Countries Assess Progress in the Sustainable Development Agenda

The Government of Colombia and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) will hold the Conference on Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean: Follow-up to the development agenda beyond 2015 and Rio+20 on 7 to 9 March in Bogotá, with the participation of all United Nations agencies that work in the region.

At the meeting, authorities from Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as international experts, will use a regional perspective to review progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the post-2015 development agenda, as well as agreements adopted following the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) held in June 2012.

On Thursday 7 March at 9.00 a.m. the meeting will be opened by María Ángela Holguín, Minister of Foreign Relations of Colombia, Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary of ECLAC, and Heraldo Muñoz, Chair of the United Nations Development Group - Latin America and the Caribbean (UNDG-LAC). During the opening ceremony a representative of the civil society will also address the audience.

Read more at Caribbean Press


Africa Wide Consultation on the Post- 2015 Development Agenda

Ministers, parliamentarians, policy-makers, members of the Secretary-General’s High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Agenda, as well as representatives from civil society, youth organizations and the private sector, will attend the third and final regional consultation to define Africa’s position on post-2015 development priorities, on March 11-12, 2013 in Hammamet, Tunisia. The first sub-regional consultative meeting on the Post-2015 development agenda was held in Mombasa, Kenya (October 1-2, 2012) and the second in Dakar, Senegal (December 10 -11, 2012).



GSK Position Statement on the Post 2015 Development Agenda

As a science-led global healthcare company, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has the opportunity to improve the health and well-being of millions of people around the world. We want to help people live healthy lives regardless of where they live or their ability to pay. GSK is playing an important role in addressing the health challenges of the developing world through innovative partnerships in wide-ranging areas such as R&D, disease elimination programmes, new business models, community partnerships, voluntary licensing and increasing the affordability of our products1.

As we approach the expiration of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015, it is clear that the setting of clear goals has proven a successful strategy to drive progress, on a defined set of issues that posed the greatest challenge to poverty reduction and human development. The MDGs were simple and measurable as well as broadly understood by all development stakeholders, including the private sector. In some countries, some MDGs have been met ahead of schedule, whilst other countries are not likely to reach the targets by 2015. It is critical that we do not lose sight of completing the MDGs between now and 2015, but it is also essential that we begin to contemplate the next generation of the development framework.

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7 principles for the post- 2015 agenda

As ACTION participates in the consultation process for a post-2015 development agenda, I wanted to share some of our key principles for how we would want to see post-2015 development goals be shaped. Let us know what you think in the comments section!

Our Top 7 guiding principles for the post-2015 agenda include...

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Water Stewardship Conference to Address Post- 2015 Development Priorities

Marking the critical importance of water stewardship around the world and its relation to the United Nation’s process to define post-2015 development priorities, the CEO Water Mandate will convene a major conference in Mumbai, India. Global and domestic companies, government agencies, civil society groups, academia and the UN will gather to explore complex corporate water management issues and seek to advance effective and equitable solutions.
The discussions in Mumbai will be significant as the world heads towards the post-2015 era, when stresses on planetary boundaries and natural resources are fully tested. The UN has begun a process to develop global Sustainable Development Goals to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) when they expire in 2015. In this regard, the UN Global Compact has been assigned the position to relay to the UN Secretary-General and other UN processes the outputs of the CEO Water Mandate's Mumbai conference that are especially relevant to the post-2015 agenda.

In particular, the Conference on Corporate Water Stewardship and the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Drawing from the India Experience will examine the three sub-topics of the UN’s global water thematic consultation: water, sanitation and hygiene; water resources management; and wastewater management and water quality.

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Key UN expert group looks beyond the Millennium Development

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have remained silent regarding inequalities,” warned today the largest body of independent experts* in the United Nations Human Rights system, while urging the international community to place human rights, equality and non-discrimination, and sustainability at the heart of the post-2015 development agenda.

“Rising inequalities have powerful and corrosive effects; they threaten human development and suggest a trajectory that is contrary to the realization of human rights,” said Michel Forst on behalf the group of 72 independent experts charged by the UN Human Rights Council to address specific country situations and thematic issues in all parts of the world.

During a high-level panel of the Human Rights Council, the expert did note that the implementation of the eight goals to fight poverty, hunger, disease, illiteracy, environmental degradation, and discrimination against women, which all UN member states agreed to try to achieve by the year 2015, has so far been successful in lifting millions of people out of poverty and reducing hunger and the number of preventable maternal and child deaths.

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Lessons from the AIDS response can shape new paradigm for development post- 2015, Michel Sidibe tells UN Human Rights Council

In a high-level address to the 22nd session of the UN Human Rights Council on 28 February, UNAIDS Executive Director, Michel Sidibé, stressed the crucial importance of viewing the AIDS epidemic through a human rights prism. 

The AIDS response, he said, is inextricably linked with the human rights agenda. If the world is to get to zero new infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths then ensuring rights, social justice, equity and gender equality is vital.

Mr Sidibé stressed that the AIDS response has paved the way for transformative progress across a broad range of rights, providing the engine for achieving the development goals. He noted that “critical lessons learned from the response to AIDS can help to ensure that the post-2015 development agenda puts human rights at its very center.” These lessons include promoting inclusion and participation; providing resources and political space for civil society to drive social change from within; and ensuring attention to the most marginalized.

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Malawi urged to fight corruption, support post- 2015 development agenda

The National Champion on post 2015 development agenda, former Vice President Dr. Justin Malewezi says it is imperative for Government, development partners and policy makers to assess performance of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the period before 2015 and accelerate their progress in the post 2015 period.

Malewezi was speaking in Mzuzu when he presented a key note address to the public and stakeholders at a day -long regional validation workshop on the post 2015 development agenda.

He said government should be in the forefront to accelerate progress in a bid to shape and develop an inclusive and sustainable post 2015 development agenda, noting that it was now less than two years to the 2015 deadline.

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e-CIVICUS Special Issue Commemorating the 2013 International Women's Day

  • Women in civil society: Breaking the glass pyramid
  • Gender justice: The entry point to reforming the Post- 2015 development agenda
  • Highlights from CIVICUS: 13 Women profiled!
  • Nigeria: Women Deliver 2013 Global Agenda for women, girls’ health
  • Achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment in the Post-2015 framework
  • Afghanistan's first female mayor proves critics wrong
  • Get Involved: Stop the violence: Speak out for girls' rights
  • Get Involved: Cut it Out Campaign - International Women’s Day, 8 March 2013
  • Resource: SADC Gender Protocol 2012 Barometer
  • Resource: Defending Women – Defending Rights

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Queen Rania takes part in Post- 2015 Arab Development Priorities Workshop

Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah has participated along with a group of leaders from civil society, research institutes and academia from Arab countries in a regional workshop on the Post-2015 Development Priorities for the Arab world. The workshop, which started here on Sunday, aims at discussing the main development challenges and priorities of the Arab world which will help shape the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Queen Rania is one of two members representing the Arab world on the U.N. High Level Panel (HLP), which was appointed last summer by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to help advise on the shape of the Post-2015 development agenda.

The two-day event is hosted by the United Nations Foundation (UNF) in partnership with the King Abdullah Fund for Development and in cooperation with University of Jordan’s Center for Strategic Studies and the Columbia University Middle East Research Center (CUMERC). Participants will submit a summary report of highlights and outcomes to the High Level Panel.

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Midterm Evaluation, Girl Power Program

The Girl Power program is developed under the MFS-II subsidy facility of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and runs from 2011 to 2015. Its main goal is to build capacity in local civil society in 10 countries Bolivia and Nicaragua in Latin America, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia and Zambia in Africa and Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh in Asia, to support the empowerment of girls and young women for gender equality.

The Girl Power program was developed by 6 civil society organizations in the Netherlands, ICDI, Women Win, FreeVoice (now Free Press Unlimited), Child Helpline International, DCI-Ecpat, and Plan Nederland. These six organizations work together in the Child Rights Alliance (CRA), led by Plan Nederland who is responsible for the implementation of the program and the reporting to the ministry.

Girl Power focuses on four UN promoted thematic areas relevant for MDG 3 and MDG 2: Violence against girls and women, (post-primary) education, economic participation, and socio-political participation. These four thematic areas are addressed in three dimensions: individual, socio-cultural, and institutional.

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IFSW makes statement to the UN on the prevention and elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls

The following statement has been submitted by the International Federation of Social Workers to the United Nations on occasion of the 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women:
The International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) supports the theme of “Prevention and elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls” of the 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) because it is totally congruent with the aims of IFSW.

This association is a global federation of social work organizations in 90 countries, representing over 750,000 social workers (   The goals as are to promote social and economic equalities, promote the dignity and worth of peoples, work toward environmental sustainability and strengthen recognition of the importance of human relationships. We promote social strategies that build cohesive societies and remove the seeds of conflicts (The Global Agenda, 2012). This commitment coincides with the theme of the 57th session of CSW, as well as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Post-2015 UN Development Agenda.

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IFRD Online Forum on the UN CSW57 Themes

The dialogue takes place in the form of papers submitted to this forum, which will be posted online and open to discussion.

A compilation of select papers from the Online Forum highlighting experiences, lessons & strategies for eliminating all forms of violence against women & girls will be published and serve as a formal follow-up contribution to CSW57.
To get started, Register and Submit an abstract to the IRFD South-South Exchange Online Forum. Abstracts will be reviewed by the Editorial Committee and posted to the forum.

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Will we see real progress in addressing violence against women and girls at the 57th Commission on The Status of Women?

Member states, women’s rights advocates and organisations, trade unions, religious institutions and organizations and human rights organisations will once again gather in New York for the annual two-week long meeting to evaluate progress on gender equality, identify challenges, set global standards and formulate concrete policies to promote gender equality and women's empowerment worldwide.  Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is a recurring theme for the CSW and yet it is not abating. In fact, in some cases VAWG is increasing in both number of attacks and brutality and we continue to see new forms arising.  So what is being done and what are the some challenges in combatting VAWG and how does it relate the post-2015 development agenda currently being debated?

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