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Tracking the Post-2015 debate

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The process of creating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will replace the Millennium Development Goals, is coming to fruition with the Summit during the UN General Assembly in September 2015.

It has been difficult to keep track of all the meetings, reports and conferences on the topic that have taken place I the last few. They have been important not only as contributions to the drafting and adopting of the goals but in the years to come they will continue to be important in reminding us of key issues and approaches that can inform the implementation of the new set of Goals.

The Post-2015 Development Process has become a defining focus for the global debate on social development, bringing together economic, social and environmental concerns.

The Club de Madrid, mainly through its Shared Societies Project, has made its own contribution to the debate, particularly addressing the issue of the continuing marginalization of many groups on grounds of identity. The Members have contributed to High Level Panels, and listed below are their various statements, making the argument that an inclusive Shared Society is more likely to be able to meet environmental, economic and social goals, and therefore it is a foundation for achieving the SDGs.

Back at the beginning of the Process, Members of the Club de Madrid presented the Global Shared Societies Agenda to Promote Long term Inclusive and Sustainable Growth. The event “Sustainable Development in an Unequal World” took place on June 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Michelle Bachelet, former President of Chile, Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Prime Minister of Norway and Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland, addressed different facets of the event’s overarching message on the state of national and global inequalities and their relationship to sustainable development and growth.

Hörst Kohler, former Chancellor of Germany and Member of the Club de Madrid was a member of the UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel of Eminent Persons, which produced the report “A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty And Transform Economies Through Sustainable Development”.

The SSP Project was involved during the work sessions of the Open Working Group (OWG) of the UN General Assembly on Post 2015 Development Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals to retain a Shared Societies perspective in the outcome document and published “A Shared Societies Perspective on the Post-2105 Development Agenda”. Cassam Uteem, former President of Mauritius, and Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland, spoke at an OWG session in February 2014 and the Project circulated a statement from the Second Global Shared Societies Forum in Baku. After the OWG published its report, a further paper was circulated: “Response to Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals Outcome Document”.

During the final phase of negotiations from the beginning of 2015, the Project has kept in touch with the process and in the lead-up to the Financing for Development Summit in July 2015, the SSP Project team Co Chairs issues a paper.

In addition, Club de Madrid members Roza Otunbayeva, former President of Kyrgyzstan, Zlatko Lagumdzija, former Prime Minister of Bosnia & Herzegovina and Abdurrahim El-Keib, former Prime Minister of Libya, were keynote speakers at the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Annual Ministerial Review of the Millennium Development Goals. The participation of the CdM members took place from 8 to 10 July, 2015 in New York just days before the Financing for Development Summit.

For further information the website Post2015.org “What comes after the Millennium Goals” and its twitter account, @post2015, has been collecting relevant material on the Post-2015 agenda coordinated by the British think thank Overseas Development Institute.

The website is focused on the debate on what should follow the Millennium Development Goals when they expire this year 2015 emphasizing that “there is a new meeting, report or conference on the subject somewhere in the world almost every day, although trying to keep track of what the key players are thinking, writing and saying is becoming increasingly difficult.” The post2015.org website brings together the key documents, reports and ongoing research on the post-2015 agenda, with regular updates on events and briefings about the emerging agenda.

Webinar Session on Social Inclusion: What You Need to Know

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The World Bank is launching a webinar series on social inclusion. The first session draw directly from use definitions, operating framework and examples from the recent World Bank Group report Inclusion Matters that places the discussion of social inclusion within global transitions and transformations.

These webinars can be accessed from anywhere and the spectators are expected to be researchers, students, policy makers and development practitioners primarily from developing countries.

The purpose of the webinar is to showcase the fundamental concepts related to social inclusion and policies and practices for their implementation. This session Foundations of Social Inclusion: What You Need to Know, conducted by Maitreyi Bordia Das, Lead Social Development Specialist at the World Bank, will draw important distinctions between social exclusion and related concepts of inequality, poverty, and discrimination. It will take place on December 10, 2014 at 2:00 pm Central European time.

Social exclusion can be felt everywhere. It is relevant for both developing countries and for developed economies as well as a fundamental element of the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Therefore, as Club de Madrid has been working in the last 8 years, there is an urgent need for promoting leadership for social cohesion and shared societies as a key priority for the world today.

Enhancing a new set of development goals

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During the two days of the discussions in Baku (Azerbaiajn) of the II Global Shared Societies Forum, both speakers and participants shared their perspectives, best practices and recommendations to promote Shared Societies as a pillar for development, taking into account the economic, sustainability, governance and institutional aspects of social inclusion.

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A basic proposition of the Shared Societies Approach of the Club de Madrid 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 President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, opened the forum stressing the relevance of the concept of Shared Societies. World leaders including Vaira Vike-Freiberga (former President of Latvia, Club de Madrid President and NGIC Co-Chair); Jorge Quiroga (former President of Bolivia and Club de Madrid vice-president); Abdul Kareem Al-Eryani (former Prime Minister of Yemen and Club de Madrid Member) and Tarja Halonen (former President of Finland, Club de Madrid and NGIC Member) among others lead the discussions in the “Second Global Shared Societies Forum” held from 28th to 29th of April in Baku, Azerbaijan.

We have been promoting Shared Societies since 2007; however, after these two days of debate, we will do it more forcefully, recognizing the support of the participants in the forum, with more than 30 world leaders and many international experts. The Forum has reaffirmed throughout the meeting two key recommendations of the Post 2015 Position Paper of the Club de Madrid to encourage governments to implement social inclusion policies:

  1. It has stressed the importance of data and particularly disaggregated data, and also, it recommends to move beyond traditional hard data and to collect information on measures of the quality of life.
  2. The Forum has reinforced the importance of participation and active citizens, not just as valuable in itself but as a protection of good governance and democracy. People will support governments that listen to them and respond to their needs and expectations.

When speaking about social inclusion, education was a common area of concern. At present the discussion of education in the Sustainable Development Goals focuses on basic numeracy and literacy skills and education for work. However, after the deliberations, we have been reminded that it is equally important, if not more, that education prepares people for life. Meaning that it must assist the development of citizenship and responsibility, flexibility to respond to new situations, resilience to respond to setbacks, empathy to understand the circumstances, needs and concerns of other sections of society different from themselves, in sum humanity.

The Forum was organized by the Nizami Ganjavi International Center with Club de Madrid as knowledge partner. Click here for more information about the Forum.

Photo Album of the II Global Shared Societies Forum

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