A high-level event on “The Contributions of Women, the Young and Civil Society to the Post-2015 Development Agenda” was held at UN Headquarters in New York on 6-7 March. The event, which was organised by the President of the General Assembly, was attended by Member States, representatives of the United Nations agencies, civil society, and stakeholder groups.

A number of cross-cutting rights based issues pertaining to women and youth across the world were discussed at the event, which also provided an opportunity to address the role of civil society with regard to transparency and inclusiveness in the formation of the post-2015 development agenda.

“Equality, inclusiveness and participation must guide the framing of the world agenda for sustainable development” said H.E. President of the General Assembly John Ashe.

In the opening session, the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi, demanded that youth priorities be explicitly reflected in the post-2015 agenda: “By prioritizing youth, we choose to prioritize the future.”

A President’s summary will be made available to members of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals. You can watch a broadcast of the event at webtv.un.org.