The High-level Panel (HLP) of 27 eminent persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda is holding its 3rd meeting in Monrovia from 30 January-1 February 2013. The central theme of the meeting is National Building Blocks for Sustained Prosperity.
Set up by the UN Secretary-General in July 2012, the HLP is made up of civil society, private sector and government leaders. President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia, President Susilo Yudoyono of Indonesia and Prime Minister David Cameron of the UK are the co-chairs. The HLP will present a report to the SG in the 2nd quarter of 2013 to serve as a key contribution to the UN SG’s report to the General Assembly in September 2013 on possible contours of the post-2015 development agenda.
In accordance with the Panel’s consultative approach, a civil society consultation was held from 28-29 January 2013. More than 100 participants from around the world agreed on a common position presented to HLP members on 30 January -- a day of dialogue between the civil society and the HLP members.
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, in her welcome message, set the tone for this event: “In developing a new global agenda, it must be acknowledged that the path towards sustainable development and inclusive growth must support job creation; prepare healthy, skilled and educated individuals; take into account changing population dynamics; provide greater fairness in access to natural resources; reduce inequalities; especially among adolescents, youth, women and other vulnerable populations; increase social protection for the most vulnerable; promote universal access to sexual and reproductive health services; and ensure environmental preservation.”
The CSO meeting final communiqué highlighted the centrality of population issues such as sexual and reproductive health and rights for all, population dynamics, and sexual and gender-based violence for the post-2015 development agenda.
The CSO called on the HLP to among other things:
UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, delivers a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled.
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