1000 DAYS of ACTION – MDG MOMENTUM
The MDGs have been called the most successful global anti-poverty push in history. April 5th marked the date after which 1,000 days remain until the 2015 deadline to accelerate action on issues such as hunger, access to education, improved sanitation, maternal health, and gender equality. In recognition of this milestone, representatives of the UN Secretary-General’s MDG Advocacy Group noted “Today’s milestone is an opportunity for everyone who cares about creating a more just world to take action in support of the United Nations and the MDGs. What we do over the next 1,000 days matters to millions of people. Let’s seize the next 1,000 days to change lives and chart a course for a brighter future for our world”. http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/mdgmomentum.shtml;
THE GLOBAL CONVERSATION BEGINS
On 21st March the UN launched the first findings from an unprecedented global conversation that will help to build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) after their target date at the end of 2015. Called “The Global Conversation Begins” the report summarizes the feedback received so far from ongoing consultations held in 36 countries(among them Brazil and Zambia) and the results of 11 discussions on selected Themes. Some clear messages coming through to consultation are that:
- the progress on MDGs should be accelerated and adapted to contemporary challenges, such as growing inequalities within countries and the impact of globalization.
- There is need for a universal development agenda to address challenges like environmental degradation, unemployment, and violence.
- People want to participate, both in the agenda-setting as well as monitoring the progress in implementing the Post-2015 framework.http://www.un-ngls.org/spip.php?article4253
By the end of March more than 300,000 people had voted online on their development priorities. Education is coming through clearly as the top priority worldwide. To see the results by country – or to add your vote – go to http://www.myworld2015.org/?page=results
Sustainable Development Goals
One of the main outcomes of the Rio+20 Conference was the agreement by member States to launch a process to develop a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will build upon the Millennium Development Goals and converge with the post 2015 development agenda. It was decided to establish an inclusive and transparent process open to all stakeholders. The SDGs and the post-2015 Development Agenda are currently a major focus at the UN. The UN General Assembly Open Working Group on Sustainable Development held their second session from 17 – 19th April. http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?menu=1300
FINANCING FOR DEVELOPMENT Spring meetings – Civil Society Forum
During the week of April 15th – 22nd representatives of NGOs and other Civil Society Organizations from 93 countries participated in a Civil Society Forum linked to the Spring Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF in Washington. Two from the NGO Financing for Development Committee, participated in this 5-day event. Two days of orientation were followed by three days of informative and stimulating sessions and events presented by the Britton Woods Institutions and various Civil Society organizations.
During the Civil Society Forum, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon co-hosted several events including “Global Voices on Poverty” with World Bank President Jim Yong Kim who re-iterated the recent World Bank commitment to end poverty and share prosperity. Focusing on the need to educate girls and address gender inequality in education they also jointly hosted a showing of the recently premiered documentary film “Girl Rising” which features 9 girls from 9 different countries and shows the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world.