The Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda met in Monrovia, Liberia last week to consult with civil society and discuss the national building blocks required for sustainable progress. Under the main theme of Economic Transformation, panel members focused on the issues of enablers and barriers to economic transformation; equitable and sustainable outcomes; the role of the private sector; partnerships; conflict and fragility; and African perspectives and positions. In total, over 100 participants attended, including 60 civil society representatives. Of these, 40 met with the High-Level Panel members on January 30th.
Civil society participants represented key stakeholder groups, including marginalized populations, special interest groups, and organizations from the Global South. Participants had two days to prepare for their meeting with the High-Level Panel, and developed a declaration and key vision statements for five sectors: Children; Youth; Women and Gender; Aged and Disability; and Farmers, Traders and the Informal Sector. The Gender Roundtable outcome brief is available here, courtesy of thematic chair FEMNET.
The outcome document from the High-Level Panel is available here. Panel members highlighted the importance of developing a global agenda that sustains growth with equity through the empowerment of girls and women and the prioritization of universal access to sexual and reproductive health; that creates wealth through sustainable and transparent management of natural resources; and that fosters partnerships among levels of government and between public and private sectors. Civil society-led group Beyond 2015, of which Women Deliver is a member, found the outcome to be mostly positive though noted the absence of reference to human rights or universality, two key values for the group.
The next meeting of the High-Level Panel will be in March 2013 in Bali, Indonesia.
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