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Advancing Regional Recommendations on Post-2015: A Dialogue between Civil Society, Governments and UN Representatives on 22 September 2013

arton4335For the summary article about this event, including speakers’ bios, links to the webcast, links to speakers’ remarks, and more information, please see this article.

Venue: United Nations Headquarters, Trusteeship Council Chamber
Date: 22 September 2013
Time: 2:00PM-5:45PM EDT

On 25 September Heads of State and Government will gather at a UN General Assembly Special Event on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to take stock of progress and renew commitment toward achieving the MDGs. They will also advance planning towards a cohesive and integrated post-2015 sustainable development agenda. In preparation for this event, a dialogue between civil society, governments and UN representatives will be convened on Sunday, 22 September 2013. This event will be organized by the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) in partnership with the Post-2015 Development Planning Team of the Executive Office of the Secretary-General (EOSG). It will provide an opportunity for civil society and Member States to have a meaningful exchange on critical regional issues and policy recommendations looking forward to the next global development agenda.

Representatives of regional civil society networks will present key recommendations with a focus on the findings of the UN-NGLS consultation on the four main UN post-2015 reports submitted to the Secretary-General. This consultation is being conducted in Arabic, English, French and Spanish and focuses on regional perspectives and alternative proposals to those presented in the four reports under review.

The dialogue will open with remarks from the President of the 68th Session of the General Assembly, John Ashe; Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson; and Ministerial-level representatives of Ireland and South Africa, the co-facilitators of the preparatory process for the General Assembly Special Event. Two panels will follow: 1) regional recommendations and convergences 2) inter-regional debates. After each panel a moderated discussion will be conducted between civil society panelists, Member States and UN representatives and a diverse array of national and international civil society organizations. The dialogue will conclude with reflections from Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Post-2015 Development Planning Amina J. Mohammed and the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service.


2 – 2:30 pm Opening:
John Ashe, President of the General Assembly
Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General
Joe Costello, Minister for Trade and Development, Ireland
Bathabile Dlamini, Minister for Social Development, South Africa

2:30 – 3:45 pm Panel 1: Regional Recommendations and Convergences
Middle East/North Africa
Asia & the Pacific
Latin America & the Caribbean
Europe & North America

3:45 – 4 pm Multi-media presentation

4 – 5:15 pm Panel 2: Inter-Regional Debates
Caribbean & the Pacific
Europe & Latin America
Africa & Asia
North America & Middle East/North Africa

5:15 – 5:30 Closing:
Csaba Kőrösi, Co­‐Chair, Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the UN
Debapriya Bhattacharya, Centre for Policy Dialogue, Bangladesh
Amina J. Mohammed, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Post-2015 Development Planning

Draft Programme
The latest programme is available here.

Speakers’ Bios More information about the speakers for Sunday’s event can be found here.

The event will be webcast on UN WebTV and livestreamed on the World We Want web platform, at this link.

More than 1,100 representatives of civil society have registered! Registration has now closed.

Key recommendations and main points made at this event will be summarized by UN-NGLS into a brief outcome document. This summary, together with the UN-NGLS regional consultations report, will be presented and distributed to Member States during the General Assembly Special Event on 25 September.

The UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) is an inter-agency programme of the United Nations mandated to develop constructive relations between the UN and civil society organizations.


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