High-Level Panel on Post-2015 Development Agenda Calls for Strengthened Global Governance
April 3, 2013  //  By:   //  Blog Post, Featured, Publication  //  No Comment

In July 2012, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon convened a 27 member “High-level Panel of Eminent Persons of the Post-2015 Development Agenda” to consult on the post-2015 global development framework. 2015 is the end-date for the current development framework, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). On March 27th, that panel issued a communique on their progress in crafting “ambitious yet achievable” recommendations for the framework of a post-2015 development agenda.

Included among the recommendations is a firm endorsement of the role of global governance in crafting a new agenda. “The challenges of our globalized world are becoming more complex and cross-cutting in nature, while stakeholders become more diverse and play more roles,” finds the panel. “Our approach to addressing such challenges should be universally applicable while at the same time implementable at the national, sub-national, community and individual levels. We therefore need to strengthen global governance to ensure it is fit for its purpose; avoid overlap and the duplication of efforts; and encourage joint work to address cross-cutting issues.”

Included among its other findings are a recognition of the need to protect the global environment, promote sustainable production and consumption, and strengthen implementation of a development agenda. The High-Level panel notes that these are key areas on which progress needs to be made in order to achieve success post-2015.

The panel is composed of high-level leaders from government, civil society, and the private sector. It is chaired by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, and Prime Minister David Cameron of the UK, and also includes John Podesta, Chair of the US Center for American Progress.

Following the communique, the Panel’s next step is to draft a final report. The report is scheduled to be submitted to the Secretary-General at the end of May 2013. The communique can be found here.

About the Author :

Daniel Zaleznik is a Research Associate for the Center for Governance and Sustainability, and a Masters student in International Relations at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He graduated in 2008 from Vanderbilt University with his B.A. in Philosophy.

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