Global Agenda Council on Poverty & Sustainable Development 2012-2014
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have been the central reference point for global development since they were established in 2000. As the first global policy vision based on mutual accountability between developing and developed countries, they set a compelling agenda to cut many forms of extreme poverty in half by 2015 and have helped to foster many development breakthroughs. But the MDGs mark only a halfway point, and the development community at large has begun preparing for the post-2015 era. The UN and its partners have been leading the effort, which includes the UN High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, tasked by the UN Secretary-General with formulating recommendations for a new framework to help inform discussion among member states through 2015.
What the Council is doing about it
The Council on Poverty & Sustainable Development has helped to design, organize and host over a dozen public and private sessions at the Forum’s global and regional events aimed at informing, facilitating and building support for a successful bridge from the MDGs to a post-2015 process. These sessions, including Informal Gatherings of World Economic Leaders, private workshops, plenary sessions, WorkStudios and IdeasLabs, have brought together hundreds of key actors and helped to raise awareness, foster dialogue, develop a common understanding and build agreement around many issues. Members of the Council have organized, hosted and participated in many high-level forums and dialogues, while contributing several policy papers and opinion pieces, including the influential paper, Getting to Zero: Finishing the Job the MDGs Started.
As a key element of its efforts, the Council also collaborated with partners such as the UN Foundation and ONE Campaign to emphasize implementation priorities over the MDGs’ final 1,000 days to 2015.
“But the MDGs mark only a halfway point, and the development community at large has begun preparing for the post-2015 era. The UN and its partners have been leading the effort, which includes the UN High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, tasked by the UN Secretary-General with formulating recommendations for a new framework to help inform discussion among member states through 2015.”
The Council will continue to support multistakeholder contributions to critical aspects of the evolving debate. The Council will also continue to leverage the Forum platforms to facilitate consultations alongside and in support of the UN-led intergovernmental process.
To get involved please contact
Research Analyst: Daniel Akinmade Emejulu, Global Agenda Councils, Daniel.Emejulu@weforum.org
Council Manager: Thierry Geiger, Associate Director, Economist, Global Benchmarking Network, email@example.com
Forum Lead: Jennifer Blanke, Lead Economist, Senior Director, Head of Global Benchmarking Network, firstname.lastname@example.org
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