The UN Non-Governmental Liason Service (NGLS) has released the report of its online civil society consultations ahead of the meeting of the UN High-level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda (HLP), convening in Monrovia, Liberia, from 30 January-2 February 2013.
The 39-page report summarizes more than 800 civil society submissions.
25 January 2013: The UN Non-Governmental Liason Service (NGLS) has released the report of its online civil society consultations ahead of the meeting of the UN High-level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda (HLP), convening in Monrovia, Liberia, from 30 January-2 February 2013. The 39-page report summarizes more than 800 civil society submissions.
The web-based consultations took place in December 2012 and January 2013, via the World We Want 2015 platform. Questions were posed to civil society members along two main themes: the shape and content of a post-2015 development framework; and partnership and accountability for development.
Civil society respondents were nearly in consensus about creating a flexible global development framework that can be adjusted according to regional, national, and local needs and priorities, NGLS reports. Many also stressed integration of the three dimensions of sustainable development (economic, social, and environmental) in a universal manner.
An emphasis on human rights also was common among responses, with some advocating for a “holistic, rights-based approach” to a new development framework with foundational principles of: equality, equity, non-discrimination and inclusive participation. Stakeholder participation was another common theme, with respondents calling for meaningful inclusion especially of poor and marginalized communities.
Calling for the post-2015 framework to address the root causes of poverty and unsustainable development, submissions also emphasized a need to measure development and human well-being in a more holistic way. Specific issues such as financial reform, environmental protection, job creation, and education were highlighted, according to NGLS.
Finally, many respondents said an inclusive process to unite the sustainability and development agendas is necessary for a unified post-2015 framework. [Publication: UN-NGLS Civil Society Consultation for the High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda] [World We Want 2015 Consultation Website]