Stakeholders stress urgency in achieving transformative change

GA_HallThe Stakeholder Preparatory Forum for the post-2015 development agenda negotiations, held on 16 January at UN Headquarters in New York, brought major groups and other stakeholders including the private sector together with representatives from UN member states and the UN System. Around 400 participants attended the event.

“Your views as critical stakeholders have helped raise ambitions and shaped the way we talk about post-2015 today,” said Thomas Gass, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Interagency Affairs at UN DESA, at the opening of the Forum. He added that the representatives of Major Groups and other Stakeholders “have the critical role to keep all of us – the Member States and the international organizations – focused on our objective to transform societies and economies so as to eradicate poverty and realize sustainable development.“

Among the panellists, moderators and discussants were the president of ECOSOC, the co-facilitators of the post-2015 intergovernmental negotiations, delegates from a number of UN Member States, civil society representatives from all continents, and UN officials. The Forum was held two days ahead of the first session of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda, which will be adopted at the UN Special Summit in September 2015.

In the first session of the Forum, stakeholders highlighted a number of core elements that they would like to see as integral to the post-2015 agenda. There should be a profound sense of urgency to achieve transformative change to ensure the survival of present and future generations. People should be seen as rights-holders and governments as duty-bearers. And the principle of Common but Differentiated Responsibilities to address inequalities among nations should be part of the agenda.

Stakeholders also emphasized the need to shift to a development paradigm respectful of natural, human and cultural diversities; human rights as the cornerstone of the post-2015 development agenda; and the importance of equality and overcoming all forms of discrimination.

The Forum had focus sessions on the Secretary-General’s Synthesis Report, means of implementation and Global Partnership for sustainable development, and follow-up and review of the post-2015 development agenda. A summary of the discussions with messages and recommendations is available on the Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform.

The Forum was organized by the Steering Committee representing the Major Groups and other stakeholders, facilitated by UN-NGLS and the Division for Sustainable Development of UN DESA.

For more information: Post 2015 process and MGoS