1 February 2013

Africa: Beyond 2015: Reducing Poverty after the MDGs

A group of 27 world leaders is working together to find the best ways to tackle global poverty after the year 2015 - the target date for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The High Level Panel on the Post 2015 Development Agenda (HLP) - set up by the United Nations - will shape a new global approach to international development, following discussions from around the world. It is due to report back in May 2013.

It is co-chaired by British Prime Minister David Cameron, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyo.

In a series of three meetings, one in each of the host countries, the panel will hear from local charities, community groups, businesses and development experts as they spell out their priorities for a post 2015 agenda.

Beyond the meetings themselves, the panel wants to hear from individuals, inviting citizens to have their say. There are two key ways to get involved:

MY World – take a quick global survey of the key issues
    World We Want 2015 – feed in your ideas to the in-depth discussions

British Prime Minister David Cameron is co-chairing the UN's High Level Panel on the Post 2015 Development Agenda, which is meeting in Monrovia, Liberia this week for its latest round of talks.

The three areas of focus for the latest discussions are social equity, environmental sustainability and economic transformation.

Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia said: "We are honoured by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's appointment to Co-Chair the High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons, to listen to the voices of the hundreds of millions of Africans and countless others from around the planet.

"Through robust consultations, we are hearing what the world considers a reasoned, practical development agenda that can successfully eliminate the myriad dimensions of poverty by 2015 and beyond."

With the spotlight on Africa, local citizens are being encouraged to add their ideas via the Ask Africa Now website. At a global level, individuals are invited to take the MY World survey  to choose their priorities for a better world.

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