PGA Briefs Member States on Post-2015 Summit
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Organizational arrangements for the UN summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda were discussed in a briefing for Member States.

Arthur Kafeero, Chef de Cabinet to the President of the 69th UN General Assembly (UNGA), outlined arrangements for the plenary and the interactive dialogues during the Summit, highlighting the sequence of events on the opening morning, expected participation in the Summit, and the "gavel moment" for the outcome document.

post2015_summit4 September 2015: Organizational arrangements for the UN summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda were discussed in a briefing for Member States. Arthur Kafeero, Chef de Cabinet to the President of the 69th UN General Assembly (UNGA), outlined arrangements for the plenary and the interactive dialogues during the Summit, highlighting the sequence of events on the opening morning, expected participation in the Summit, and the “gavel moment” for the outcome document.

The briefing took place on 4 September 2015, in New York, US.

Kafeero said the address by His Holiness Pope Francis, taking place on 25 September from 10:00 to 10:50 am, will be followed by “celebratory signature elements,” including: a short film focusing on ‘people and planet’; an integrated musical performance by UN Goodwill Ambassadors Shakira and Angelique Kidjo; and a brief address by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai.

The Opening Plenary, to start at 11:00 am, will be attended by: about 160 Heads of State and Government; representatives of intergovernmental groupings; the President of the World Bank Group; the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF); the Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO); UN system heads; and representatives of organizations with UNGA observer status. Youth from around the world will attend the opening ceremony for about one hour.

On the list of speakers for the plenary meetings, Kafeero noted that representatives of NGOs in consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), civil society organizations (CSOs), major groups and the private sector, one from each grouping, may also be included in the list. He said 210 NGOs not in consultative status with ECOSOC and 607 NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC expressed their wish to participate in the Summit.

The adoption of the Summit’s outcome document, ‘Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,’ will take place during the opening segment. Kafeero said no reservations or explanation of positions are expected to be made.

On the interactive dialogues during the Summit, he announced that up to 33 Member States, five observers and ten others including UN system, NGOs, CSOs, Major Groups, the private sector and philanthropic organizations will speak in each interactive dialogue, with each delegation being allowed to speak in only one interactive dialogue. Summaries of the deliberations of the interactive dialogues will be presented orally by the chairs of the interactive dialogues on 27 September 2015, during the Closing Plenary.

The UN Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda will take place on 25-27 September 2015, in New York, US. [Briefing] [IISD RS Meeting Coverage] [Background Papers on Summit Interactive Dialogues]


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