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II Global Shared Societies Forum

II Global Shared Societies Forum

 

 

 

Club de Madrid, Baku, Shared Societies Forum

Nizami Ganjavi International Center & Club de Madrid’s

II Global Shared Societies Forum

“Post 2015 Agenda and Shared Societies”

Baku, Azerbaijan 27-29 april 2014

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Background

The Shared Societies Project

Context

Shared Societies and the Post-2015 Development Agenda

The need for disaggregated data

Funding of Implementation of Post-2015 Development Agenda

Participation in Global Shared Societies Forum

Format

Potential Outcomes

 


 

Background

 

Freiberga, CLub de Madrid, BakuThe II Global Shared Societies Forum is the second joint collaboration of the Club de Madrid and the Nizami Ganjavi International Center. The first Forum, held in April 2013, surveyed a wide range of current global challenges and decided that further work should focus on the challenge of overcoming social divisions and building social cohesion, through the application of the Club de Madrid’s concept of Shared Societies. 

The Forum will address the relevance of this concept to development in general, including its economic, sustainability, governance and institutional aspects. A basic proposition of the Shared Societies Approach is that all these aspects are interdependent so that progress on one can lead to progress on the others, creating a benign cycle of development.

The UN Post-2015 process of establishing a new set of Sustainable Development Goals to follow on from the Millennium Development Goals is reaching its culmination. The insights from the conference will be brought to the consideration of the SDG process for their eventual incorporation into the Post-2015 Agenda.

The Forum is oriented to generating specific measures that can be taken to promote social inclusion and its implementation at a national level and within the context of the Post-2015 process. Panellists and participants are asked to focus on concrete actions and in their summing up at the end of their sessions to propose 3 such actions that could be adopted by national governments.

 

The Shared Societies Project

Since 2005, the Club de Madrid has developed the concept of Shared Societies as a driver and as an objective of sustainable development, socially, economically and politically, identifying policies and approaches that can ensure the development of a Shared Society in every state, regardless of its form of government or level of development.  It has built up a significant list of supporters and expert advisors including its Network of Political Leaders United in Support of Shared Societies (NetPLUSS) and partner organisations around the world.

 

Context

This is a timely moment for the Club de Madrid and the NGIC to undertake this initiative. At the launch of the Shared Societies Project, the Members of the Club de Madrid noted that the challenges of social division was one of the most important discussions of the new Millenium Agenda, being able to foreseen and tackle social cohesion acting and paving the way to consensus, to affect and guide governmental decisions to “inclusion” by all means.

VIdeo, GLobal Shared Socieites Forum, CLintonThe Shared Societies Project was launched at about the same time as the economic crisis arose and has operated throughout this period with a great success. It has addressed the insecurity that has caused people’s need to look for scapegoats, in different identity groups with a diverse origin. Along with some partners, it has brought together eminent thinkers and political leaders during World Bank and IMF Annual Meetings to explore and show the potential of inclusive Shared Societies in rebuilding the political, economic and social systems at national and global level. Economic growth often leads to new tensions and greater inequality, with some identity groups being the most marginalized and disadvantaged.  Poor social cohesion could undermine the attempts to build new more sustainable societies. After several consultantions and meetings and a true spirit of change emerged the the Global Shared Societies Agenda, a brief manual to develop open policies that could care for the rights of groups and individuals no matter what social group they are part of .  

The economic storm of the last 5 years seems to be receding but there is no certitude that inter-community relations would have improved. This a significant opportunity for reflection and, perhaps, reorientation, for the most urgent challenge before us:

Create a new set of development goals to succeed the Millennium Development goals: the Post-2015 Development Agenda, that should include all possible social criteria as a measuring stick.

This conference will define and shape up a strategy to advocate for social cohesion and social inclusion at all levels in the midterm, but specially at United Nations levels in the shortrun, since the United nations general Assembly will make a declaration on the Post-2015 in September of this year.

 

Shared Societies and the Post-2015 Development Agenda

It is widely acknowledged that the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have had a major impact to lift significant numbers out of absolute poverty and ensured they had better access to education, health and social protection. They have demonstrated the effectiveness of establishing global targets that focus public attention, national policy and development aid. 

But more can and should be done, since the very experience of the MDG implementation has shown ways in which it could be improved: they were not inclusive enough, as they did not require changes in attitude and behaviour across all states and all levels of society; the individual goals were not fully integrated, with a common vision and overarching concept of development; they did not link the economic, social and environmental issues in a mutually supportive set of goals; and they did not include a focus on marginalized groups, disadvantaged on grounds such as race, language, religion, ethnic identity or place of origin. 

The United Nations has established a significant broad-based process to develop a new set of Sustainable Development Goals which provide multiple opportunities to contribute ideas and proposals to the process and the partners in the Global Shared Societies Forum are well placed to take advantage of such opportunities. This Forum is another way to bring their attention to the need of multiples and diverse Shared Societies, focusing on the social dimension and the importance of inclusion as a driver of sustainable social and economic development.  

One contribution of the Forum will be to widen the participation in these discussions. The insights and proposals that have been formulated will be further fine tuned and will fed the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Tackling also the evident need of the funding for the implementation of the new Sustainable Development Goals and the need to have better data as a base line against which progress in societies can be measured right away.

 

The need for disaggregated data

Shipley, Baku, Club de MadridIn order to ensure that policies are appropriate it is important to gauge the current situation, in particular the profile of those in greatest need, and to be able to monitor how their situation changes during and as a result of new policies and approaches.  However that requires data which is able to identify subsets of the community in terms of location, identity, etc.  It will require not only quantitative data but also nuanced qualitative findings.   The reality is that many countries do not have the skilled human resources, logistical capacity or adequate finance to collect basic data without considering the challenge of collecting disaggregated data in the terms described. 

It is essential to overcome this hurdle. Without disaggregated data it will be impossible to know if the new set of goals are widening or narrowing the gap between the different groups in the society.  The United Nations Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Sustainable Development Goals highlighted this issue and discussions on data collection are ongoing, involving intergovernmental organizations and it is important to ensure that these deliberations explicitly tackle the issue of collecting disaggregated data. 

Through the Shared Societies Project, the Club de Madrid has been collaborating with the research community to ensure effective interaction with political leaders and policy makers. The results of these discussions will be brought to the Forum for further discussion and integration into the Post-2015 Development Process.

 

Funding of Implementation of Post-2015 Development Agenda

A further concern is how the implementation of a new set of Development Goals will be funded.  Current thinking is that it will include foreign direct assistance, more effective tax regimes in developing countries and private investment.  While we recognized that these ideas need to be developed they will be a significant area of discussion for the Shared Societies Forum compared to the other themes identified.

 

Participation in Global Shared Societies Forum

The Forum will be by invitation only.  Former and current political leaders, at national and intergovernmental level, will be key participants, including Members of the Club de Madrid.  Other participants will be thinkers and researchers on issues of social division and inter-group relations, together with civil society activists and representatives of disadvantaged groups.  Those working in the media (traditional and modern social media) will be present to share their perspectives, as the media is a key instrument in shaping public attitudes towards those who are different, either by promoting particular points of view or by encouraging public debate on issues of concern.  There will also be a purposeful effort to ensure a balanced participation by gender, age and region.  

 

Format

Quiroga, Halonen, Baku, Club de MadridThe purpose of the Forum is to formulate precise and specific responses to the issues outlined above.  This will entail facilitated sessions to ensure productive and effective discussions.  It will benefit from inputs on current thinking on the key themes and proposals on ways to address the critical issues.  The partners have already held one preparatory meeting and a second is scheduled for early 2014.  Together and separately they are developing proposals which will be introduced to the Forum for critical reaction and refinement. The Forum will be a mixture of information sessions, exploratory discussions and working groups. 

It is intended that the participants will endorse a final statement that will reflect the result of the discussions in the Forum.  It will act as an advisory meeting for the partners in finalising their positions on the key issues but they are not obliged to adopt any specific point of view expressed during the Forum.

 

Potential Outcomes

 

  • An outcome document which develops and refines the Shared Societies Perspective, particularly in relation to the Post-2015 Development Agenda
  • Increased support for the Shared Societies Position Paper, and other materials, that the Club de Madrid is promoting at the UN and elsewhere in the context of the Post-2015 process
  • Increased awareness of and support for the Shared Societies Approach in the South Caucasus and Central Asia, and more generally across the world
  • New champions of Shared Societies

 

 

 

 

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