The 2014 ECOSOC Annual Ministerial Review
The ECOSOC Annual Ministerial Review (AMR) was held during 8-9 July during the high-level segment of ECOSOC under the theme: “Addressing on-going and emerging challenges for meeting the Millennium Development Goals in 2015 and for sustaining development gains in the future”.
The Ministerial Declaration of the high-level segment of ECOSOC and the High-level Political Forum (HLPF) convened under the auspices of ECOSOC, was adopted on 9 July and was the main outcome. The Declaration addresses the themes of both the AMR and HLPF, including the need to accelerate progress towards the MDGs; the importance to address the unfinished agenda in the transition towards the SDGs and a more universal and ambitious post-2015 development agenda; the need for a strong global partnership for development; the link between poverty and sustainable development, with poverty eradication as a pre-condition for sustainable development; and acknowledges the work of ECOSOC and the HLPF, including their role in supporting a future post-2015 development agenda. The Declaration also underscored the importance of building on the AMR National Voluntary Presentations for review and monitoring progress of the post-2015 development agenda. The Declaration was significant for establishing a single outcome for both ECOSOC and the HLPF.
National voluntary presentations and ministerial panel on integration
The National Voluntary Presentation (NVPs) at the AMR included ten volunteers – Bolivia, Gambia, Georgia, Kuwait, Mexico, Qatar, Sudan, Thailand, United Kingdom, and the State of Palestine. The NVP presenters shared their countries’ development experiences, including challenges in integrating the three dimensions of sustainable development, as well as ideas on ways to link the MDG framework with the post-2015 development agenda.
The first Ministerial Panel on Integration was convened during the 2014 AMR on the theme “Integrating employment-centric sustainable development into the post-2015 development agenda”. The Panel brought together high-level policymakers from developed and developing countries and different regions and areas of expertise. Panelists identified challenges and opportunities in integrating macroeconomic, social and environmental policies to promote sustainable development and shared experiences and lessons learned and stressed the centrality of employment in the post-2015 development agenda. An important outcome of the Panel was to link the 2014 high-level segment with the 2015 ECOSOC Integration Segment, which will have as its theme “Achieving sustainable development through employment creation and decent work for all“.
Sixty-one Member States and five international organizations intervened in the general debate. Statements were crafted around key issues highlighted in the Secretary-General’s AMR report, addressing national ownership, inclusive development, good governance, institutions, means of implementation, ODA, partnerships, and the role of the United Nations. References were also made to the need for a strong monitoring and accountability mechanism to support the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda.
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