CSOs gather for 3rd High-Level Panel meet on post-2015 agenda
Posted on 22 March 2012
Bali meeting to produce report on post-MDG future of development
Post-2015 Agenda, Number 1
Bali, Friday, March 22, 2012
Civil society organizations (CSOs) from across the world are gathered in Bali for the third meeting of a UN-convened High-Level Panel (HLP) which will produce a report on how the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) should be replaced in 2015.
In the face of multiple crises and entrenched poverty and inequality, the assembled organizations are hopeful the HLP will produce the bold recommendations needed on the future of international development – or be prepared to live with the dire consequences of its failure.
The meeting follows on from those held in London, UK, and Monrovia, Liberia. It will be the last before the Panel—led by co-chairs, Prime Minister David Cameron of the UK, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, and President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyonyo of Indonesia—submits a final report to the UN in May outlining its perspectives on a new development framework. While both Sirleaf and Yudhoyonyo will be present in Bali, David Cameron will not be attending the meeting.
The theme of the Bali HLP is “global partnerships”. Over the weekend, March 23 – 24, CSOs will engage in a preparatory meeting to finalise positions from different sectors and on thematic issues before presenting statements to the Panel on the “stakeholder outreach day” on Monday, March 25.
Monday’s engagement with the panel will begin with a “townhall meeting” in which civil society will communicate perspectives and updates on participatory research, grassroots voices, civil society, and social movements. This will be followed by a CSO roundtable with HLP members on the issues of “vision and priorities”, “global partnerships”, “means of implementation”, “global governance and accountability”, and “the informal sector and inclusion”. Further roundtables will engage business, parliamentarians, academics, women, and youth.
A communiqué of civil society demands and positions will be jointly written by a selection of attending CSOs, including IBON International, and will form the backbone of a civil society press conference.
A new framework in a new context
Discussions on the new framework for development, referred to as the “Post-2015 Agenda,” are taking place in a different context than that which framed the Millennium Declaration and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Compounded financial, food and environmental crises are presenting problems and threatening to over-run achievements in development, which themselves do not match the aspirations of the MDGs or the continued rhetoric from, in particular, Northern governments which indirectly controlled the process of creating the MDGs. While much acclaim is made of progress on poverty in line with MDG No. 1, the income-based measurement used in the goal is crude. Some 2 billion continue to live in multidimensional poverty — a measure incorporating nutrition, education and sanitation. Half of the world’s population lives on less than US$2.50 per day, and nearly 1 in 7 people live in hunger while 1 in 5 suffer from obesity. The wealthiest 20 percent of humankind enjoy more than 80 percent of total world’s wealth, while the bottom 20