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UN high level meetings tackle post-2015 agenda amid global South, CSO concerns

Several UN high level meetings were held in New York from 23 September to 8 October to assess the progress of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and negotiate the successor framework to the MDGs for 2015.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon convened the high-level event, “MDG Success: Accelerating Action and Partnering for Impact.” He introduced the “new partnerships” that the UN is promoting to change the development landscape and mobilize resources to advance the MDGs.

This was followed by the “Special Event on achieving the MDGs.” Member states agreed that the new set of goals need to balance the three pillars of sustainability, namely the economic, ecological, and social aspects of development. They also agreed on holding intergovernmental negotiations to achieve consensus on the goals and the overall post-2015 framework.

The first High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) was held on 24th and was attended by leaders and officials of various line agencies, as well as the heads of the IMF and WB. Its task is to provide political leadership and recommendations for sustainable development; review the implementation of sustainable development commitments; enhance the integration of the three aspects of sustainable development; and respond well to new and emerging sustainable development challenges.

Throughout these meetings, the emerging contentious issue centers on what constitutes fair burden sharing between developed and developing countries. Developed countries repeatedly pointed out the dynamism of emerging economies. G77 and China on the other hand countered that many emerging economies still confront massive poverty and other challenges faced by developing countries.

The single most significant outcome from all these meetings is the agreement on the road map for establishing the Post-2015; however, many civil society organisations lament that there remains no clear modalities for civil society participation in this process.

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