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Development Agenda, at Conclusion of Its First Meeting, 25 September
The first meeting of the High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda was held at United Nations Headquarters in New York, on 25 September 2012.
The Secretary-General opened the meeting and encouraged Panellists to “be bold, but be practical”. Each of the three co-Chairs, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia and Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom, gave remarks on the post-2015 agenda and the objectives for the work of the Panel. Panellists contributed their own views on the process and expectations for its outcome.
The day before the meeting, Panellists attended a seminar chaired by the Deputy Secretary-General, where they were debriefed by the United Nations System Task Team on the Post-2015 United Nations Development Agenda. They also engaged with representatives of civil society, and development experts and practitioners from different sectors.
In line with the Secretary-General’s call for independence, transparency and inclusiveness, Panellists aim to conduct a wide variety of consultations on the sidelines of plenary meetings and in-between. The Panel will also consult with the open working group of experts tasked to design Sustainable Development Goals, as agreed at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in June. The Panel will submit its report to the Secretary-General on 31 May 2013.
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