The High-level Panel on the Post-2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will meet in Monrovia, Liberia from 30 January to 2 February 2013, where the focus will be on 'National Building Blocks for Sustained Prosperity.' The High-level Panel, which is co-chaired by Prime Minister Cameron, is calling on civil society organizations and individuals from all over the world to contribute their views on development priorities after 2015. Contributions can be made through mobile phones and the “my world” website. Offline surveys will be distributed through a network of grass-roots organizations, faith-based communities, youth groups, private sector bodies and NGO partners around the world.
Civil society organizations as well as individuals can give their opinion on 16 questions which are set by the High-level Panel and derived from the 24 framing questions the Panel identified at the beginning of their work. The Panel’s Secretariat has selected and re-organized the framing questions for the current civil society consultation to avoid repetition of consultation topics already covered in the October / November 2012 civil society consultation.
The UN has initiated the survey to give people the opportunity to influence high-level decision-making from the very beginning. The engagement of the public with the development of the post-2015 MDGs is not only an attempt to be more transparent, but also to involve young people today in decisions for which they will be responsible post-2015.
The panel will submit a report on the new MDGs to the Secretary General before next year's UN General Assembly. It is highly likely the panel will incorporate some of the original MDGs agreed upon in 2000 for the period after 2015, such as eradicating poverty, gender equality and education for all. The fight against poverty and sustainable development will form the core of the new MDG framework. "I have asked my high-level panel to prepare a bold yet practical development vision to present to Member States next year," Ban Ki-moon stated in the panel's inauguration speech.
The deadline for submissions is Friday, 11 January at 23:59 GMT.
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