Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have been the common framework of priorities for the development communities since 2000 when the UN Member States unanimously endorsed the Millennium Declaration. Now, we have been going through a process of defining the development agenda that will build on the MDGs after 2015.
Ankara, September 2012 - The discussions for the post-2015 development framework have already started in the Global Human Development Forum which was held last March in İstanbul and concluded with the İstanbul Declaration and the discussions were furthered in Rio+20 Summit with its outcome document, entitled “The Future We Want”.
In all these documents, it is stressed that the key aspects to the post-2015 development framework are to have an inclusive, open and transparent process with participation of multiple stakeholders.
In order to have this kind of a development framework, UN Secretary-General (UNSG) has appointed a High Level Panel. The Panel will be informed by the outcome of major processes, in particular the Rio+20 and the UNDG’s open and inclusive consultations.
By the second quarter of 2013, the Panel will deliver a report which will be submitted to the UNSG and which will kick off the post-2015 development framework after its submission to the General Assembly.
To this end, UNDG’s strategy for post-2015 is based on three pillars of work: inclusive national consultation processes, thematic consultations, web portal and social media.
Within this aspect, the members of the UN Development Group (UNDG) who is chaired by Helen Clark have developed a proposal to facilitate post-2015 national and thematic consultations in at least 50 countries, including Turkey.
UN Country Teams (UNCTs), under the leadership and guidance of the UN Resident Coordinator (UNRC), are well placed to support these national consultations.
In this sense, we, as the Resident Coordination Office in Turkey have started a process that is nourished with a bottom up approach defined by national and local priorities and stakeholders in order to stimulate a more open and inclusive discussion amongst national stakeholders, and to garner inputs and ideas for a shared global vision of “The Future We Want”.
We will provide the strategic guidance in order to ensure the participation and inputs of members of the UN System, UNCT and all different stakeholders.
Our main aim is to take the views of the vulnerable into consideration and to ensure global ownership of a beyond 2015 development framework.
It will be important that the post-2015 debate is contributed by inputs and ideas from a broad base of civil society, marginalized groups, and others previously left out of discussions on development priorities.
In other words, as it was also stressed in “Istanbul Declaration: Towards an Equitable and Sustainable Future for All”, we are going to ensure that the post-2015 development framework will be with and for the people.
* Shahid Najam, UNDP Resident Representative in Turkey and UN Resident Coordinator in Turkey