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Organizations host events on Post-2015 at the UN General Assembly

By Jane Tingley (IHC, Intern)
September 25, 2013

On September 17th, the 68th Regular Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 68) opened in New York.  The General Debate will be taking place from September 24th – October 2nd, 2013, on the theme of “Post-2015 Development Agenda: Setting the Stage”.  The General Assembly (GA) is the deliberative assembly of all UN member states, where each country has one vote.  The principal tasks of the GA include resolving discretionary recommendations to states and suggestions to the UN Security Council, overseeing the budget of the UN, appointing non-permanent members to the UN Security Council, and make recommendations in the form of General Assembly Resolutions.  While much attention will likely be focused on the crisis in Syria and the future of US-Iran relations, civil society representatives, UN officials, development experts, and individuals will also be there to discuss possible collaborations to address remaining challenges including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and the post-2015 agenda.

Below are highlighted some events focused on the MDGs and the global development agenda after 2015.  Additionally, follow along with all UNGA 68 events live via UN Web TV here

Major Groups and other Stakeholders’ Briefing Days

September 22, 2013; UNHQ

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) in partnership with CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation and Stakeholder Forum will host an event focused on the current state of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) process, planning and advocacy for the Group’s upcoming report.  Additionally, the event will discuss the role of stakeholders in the convergence of the SDGs and the Post-MDGs processes.

Dialogue on Advancing Regional Recommendations on Post-2015

September 22, 2013; UNHQ

The UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) in partnership with the Post-2015 Development Planning Team) will host an event for civil society and Member States to discuss critical regional issues and policy recommendations for the next global development agenda.  Program information can be found here, including footage from the event.

MDG Success: Accelerating Action and Partnering for Impact

September 23, 2013; UNHQ

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will host a high-level forum to accelerate and catalyze further action to achieve the MDGs and enrich the deliberations of the General Assembly on September 24th and 25th.  This event will focus on multi-sector partnerships that continue to play a key role in success as well as, identify future opportunities.

Program information can be found here and you can follow #MDGSuccess for the latest updates

MDG Countdown 2013. Girls and Women Transforming Societies

September 24, 2013; Ford Foundation, East River Room

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) will host a flagship side event at UNGA.  The focus will be achieving the MDGs through the empowerment of women and girls.  The event will be moderated by Nicholas Kristof of the NY Times, and can be followed @DFID_UK and @USAID or #MDGCountdown

Global Development After 2015. The Role of Foundations and Civil Society

September 27, 2013; Ford Foundation

The United National Development Programme, Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation and others will host an event to discuss how civil society and foundations can influence future global development agendas and bring about action to advance new goals. A portion of the event will be available via live stream.  Follow the conversation on Twitter with #phil2015

Look out for coverage and commentary on the GA Meeting, as well as the side events detailed above, in the coming weeks.

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