Post-2015 news

Read in our round-up the latest news and events on post-2015 and the sustainable development goals:

High‐Level Event of the General Assembly “The Contributions of Women,the Young and Civil Society  to the Post‐2015 Development Agenda” – 6‐7 of March, 2014 

“The high‐level event will address a number of cross‐cutting rights‐based issues relevant to women and the young, across differing national circumstances and developmental stages, such as violence against women and girls; access to quality education, skills and training; health;  decent  work; social  protection;  and  financial  and  economic  inclusion,  including women’s access to and control over productive resources. The event will also provide an opportunity to  address the role  of  civil society, while taking  into  account the  issues  of transparency and inclusiveness in the definition of the Post‐2015 Development Agenda.

In building upon the deliberations undertaken in the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, the high-level  event will provide  an opportunity for participants to address also key issues, such as:

1) How  can  the  Post 2015  Development  Agenda  address  the  diverse  and  intersecting inequalities that challenge inclusive sustainable development prospects on the basis of income,  gender,  age,  race/ethnicity  and  disabilities,  among  other  factors  of marginalization?

2) What measures must be taken and what accountability and transparency mechanisms should be established to ensure that women, young people and civil society are given  the space to actively and meaningfully engage in shaping, implementing and monitoring the Post‐2015 Development Agenda at all levels?

3)How do Member States envision that the rights and needs of all women and young people will be reflected in the Post‐2015 Development Agenda?

4)How can the UN system better support efforts at the national, regional and global levels towards reducing inequality and discrimination?

5)Can meaningful metrics (goals and/or targets) be devised to ensure that women and young people are not left behind in the implementation of the Post‐2015 Development Agenda at all levels?”

Click on the link above to find out more about the event.

HLPF Agrees on Theme and Meeting Dates

The theme for the next meeting of the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development, to be held under the umbrella of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in June/July 2014, has been decided. ECOSOC President Néstor Osorio (Colombia) said the HLPF theme will be: ‘The MDGs and Charting the Way for an Ambitious Post-2015 Development Agenda, Including the SDGs’. The theme seeks to include both the responsibility of ECOSOC to monitor the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and its mandate to implement the sustainable development agenda.

Five days of non-ministerial meetings will be held from 30 June-3 July 2014, and the high-level aspect of the Forum will be held from 7-9 July 2014.

Go to the IISD website to learn more.

Speech by World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim on Universal Health Coverage in Emerging Economies

In a recent speech on health and emerging economies, the President of the World Bank called upon the post-2015 development agenda to include Universal Health Care. Read extracts below:

“Because it is possible for all nations to achieve it, let’s make that an explicit goal as well. The goal of universal health coverage should be firmly embedded in the emerging post-2015 global development agenda.

It has been 20 years since the landmark 1993 World Development Report on Investing in Health, which led to a generation of investments that produced dramatic achievements in global health.

It’s time to finish the job in this generation.

Yet as we seek a brighter future, let’s not forget the lessons of the past.

Today, some say achieving universal health coverage is impossible. What I learned from the HIV/AIDS fight is that individuals must stand up and advocate for doing the right thing, despite the difficulty.”

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