Post-2015 resources round-up

Post2015.org is collating key recent post-2015 resources in a round-up post.  Below, read today’s selection:

Event: Post-2015 framework on poverty eradication and sustainable development

This event is being held at Wilton Park, UK, between Wednesday 29th of January and Friday 31st 2014. Read the event description below, and click on the link above to find out more:

“Next year marks the culmination of global commitment to achieving the Millennium Development Goals. It is already clear that more needs to be done. We are convening a high level invitation only conference to strategise on priorities, challenges and approaches to follow.

Participants will come from:

-The Least Developed Countries;
-International agencies and civil society;
-Political, diplomatic and activist backgrounds.

The conference will review the post-2015 agenda and how it should be constructed from the perspective of the most vulnerable communities and countries.

Confirmed speakers include:

-UN Under-Secretary General Gyan Acharya
-Bangladeshi trade specialist Debapriya Bhattacharya
-Aurelio Parisotto (ILO) and Abebe Shimeles (African Development Bank) on employment and job creation.
-Chimère Mariteuw Diaw,Director General of the African Forest Network on agriculture and natural resource management
-Makurita Baaro (Kiribati), Pa Ousman Jarju (Gambia) and Saleemul Huq (Bangladesh) on climate change.
-Governance and Institutions will be covered by speakers including Youba Sokona (South Centre), David Hallam  (UK Envoy on the Post-2015 Goals), Kitty van der Heijden (Ambassador, Netherlands Representative on the Open Group), and Richard Morgan (UNICEF).”

Measuring Justice in the post-2015 development framework

The Open Society foundation has released a paper arguing that access to justice and legal empowerment targets, within a broader governance goal, should appear in the post-2015 framework. This would help address issues critical to human development such as access to information, and legal identity, participation and services. It hopes that these targets will spur development gains by addressing structural barriers to participation in society. Each target builds on the recommendations of the Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda and can be clearly incorporated into the development framework through relevant indicators. You can find out more about their recommended targets and indicators by clicking on the link above.

2014 events to be hosted by President of the UNGA

The dates of high-level and thematic events that will be hosted by the President of the UN General Assembly in 2014 have been released. These are:

-18-19 February: Thematic debate on water, sanitation and sustainable energy in the post-2015 development agenda

-6-7 March: High-level event on the contributions of women, the young and civil society to the post-2015 development agenda

-9-10 April: Thematic debate on therole of partnerships and their contributions to the post-2015 development agenda

-24-25 April: Thematic debate on ensuring stable and peaceful societies

-20-21 May: High-level event on the contributions of South-South, North-South and Triangular Cooperation and information and communication technologies for development to the post-2015 development agenda

-17-18 June: High-level event on human rights and the rule of law in the post-2015 development agenda

You can also click here to access the concept events for each paper.

Grand convergence: a future sustainable development goal?

The Lancet has released an article calling for a grand convergence in health as a Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs). Read extracts from the introduction below:

“On Jan 16, in the North Lawn Building of the United Nations in New York, Norway’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Mr Geir Pedersen, is hosting an event that just might change the course of negotiations on the future of sustainable development. The meeting is based on the findings of the Lancet Commission on Investing in Health, “Global Health 2035: a world converging within a generation”. Margaret Kruk, one of the commissioners on the Global Health 2035 report, will chair a discussion that includes the Rwandan Minister of Health, Agnes Binagwaho, the President of the Public Health Foundation of India, Srinath Reddy, the US Assistant Administrator for Global Health, Ariel Pablos-Méndez, and Gavin Yamey from the University of California, San Francisco (who led the writing of the report). Their task will be to map “a new pathway to close the health gap between countries”. What might that new pathway be? To choose the idea of grand convergence—a reduction in preventable infectious, maternal, and child deaths to universally low levels—as a sustainable development goal (SDG) after 2015.

Here is the case for grand convergence as an SDG. A paralysing weakness in the global health community is the rivalry between diseases. The “my disease is more important than your disease” culture dissipates energy that should be directed towards the common goal of achieving the right to the highest attainable standard of health for all. But until now, except for universal health coverage, there has been no comprehensive, all encompassing objective that the global health community could unite behind. Grand convergence provides that opportunity for unity.”

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