New York — More than 100 youth advocates in over 30 countries are leading the call for widespread participation in a month-long online forum focused on the relevance of governance and accountability to the world's future development framework.
Launched this week by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the e-discussion is part of an unprecedented global consultation process involving governments, civil society, youth and other stakeholders.
The e-discussion on Governance and Accountability in the Post-2015 Development Framework may be accessed in multiple languages until 14 December 2012 at www.worldwewant2015.org/governance.
The UN development framework for the period after 2015 will seek to build on the progress achieved through the eight time-bound Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) while confronting persistent inequalities and new challenges facing people and the planet.
Supported by the Governments of Germany, the global thematic consultation on governance is a response to an increasing demand from various actors to discuss governance and accountability bottlenecks in the context of the MDGs, and how these gaps could be addressed in a new global development framework.
"We are calling on people from Algeria and Argentina to as far afield as Samoa, Turkmenistan and Zambia, to go online and share their perspectives on how governance and accountability can be integrated into the future development agenda," the Director of UNDP's Democratic Governance Group, Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, said.
"We want to explore how a new development framework can help achieve freedom from fear and freedom from want, and how people - especially those who are marginalized and discriminated against - can hold those in power to account at the national regional and global levels," the Director of OHCHR's Research and Right to Development Division, Marcia V.J. Kran, said.
Part one of the e-discussion (19 November to 2 December) will prompt an exchange of views on how governance has been reflected in the current MDGs and aim to answer the question 'What should be the building blocks for responsive and effective governance in a post-2015 agenda?'.
Part two (3 December - 14 December) will review principles and practices of accountability that should support the post-2015 development agenda and seek ideas for an accountability framework that takes into account human rights principles and obligations to assure effective delivery on the post-2015 development agenda.
The online forum is the latest step in a comprehensive consultation process on governance which will continue with regional dialogues in Cairo, Egypt (26-29 November); Manila, The Philippines (20-21 November 2012) and Dhaka, Bangladesh (10-11 December 2012).
The governance thematic consultations will culminate in a major, multi-stakeholder event in Johannesburg, South Africa, in February 2013.
The UN Development Group has been tasked with holding national consultations in more than 50 countries and to hold 11 global thematic consultations on key issues pertaining to the post-2015 development agenda. The results will be available online at: www.worldwewant2015.org.