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Liberia: Well-Rounded Post 2015 MDGs Package - HLP Puntuates Monrovia Meeting With Communique

The global community is watching to see what would be left in the war against poverty and disease when the clock announced the expiry of 2015 deadline set by the United Nations to make the menance history. The committee set to take stock and prepare world expectation has been meeting in Monrovia in continuation of their mandate by the UN Secretary General. The meeting has ended and the committee, dubbed High Level Panel, has issued a communique outlining the job done so far and what the future holds after 2015. The Analyst reports.

Briefing the media following the three-day intensive sessions held at various locations in Monrovia, the United Nations High Panel disclosed that they  participated  in  outreach  sessions  and  discussed  the  national  building  blocks  required  for  sustained  prosperity.  We  are  committed  to  an  open,  inclusive  and  transparent  process  in  the  development  of  this  agenda.

"We  have  therefore  consulted  with  a  variety  of  stakeholders  globally,  including  Parliamentarians, people   with   disabilities,   youth,   children,   women,   the   elderly,   farmers,   trade   unions,   the   business  community  and  academics.  We intend to continue broad consultations throughout the process," the Panel said in a communiqué, adding that all  its  panel  share  a  passion  for  finding  the  right  framework  for  sustainable  development  to  combat  poverty  and  enable  people  to  fulfill  their  potential.

This is—first and last—about people, the Panel said about their effort. " The  lives  they  are  able  to  lead,  the  education  they  can  benefit  from,  the  families  they  can  raise,  the  health they  can  enjoy  and  the  prospects  they  can  look  forward  to  as  they  live  their  lives  and  look  to  the  future."

The UN special Panel said their  vision  and   responsibility  is  to  end  extreme  poverty  in  all  its  forms  in  the  context  of  sustainable  development  and  to  have  in  place  the  building  blocks  of  sustained  prosperity  for  all.

"We seek to make gains in poverty eradication irreversible," the 27-man committee said, noting that "This  is  a  global,  people centered  and  planet sensitive  agenda to  address  the  universal  challenges  of  the  21st  century:  promoting  sustainable  development,  supporting  job creating   growth,   protecting   the   environment   and   providing   peace,   security,   justice,   freedom   and  equity  at  all  levels."

At   this   Monrovia   meeting, the Panel further reported, "we   agreed   that   we   should   make   every   effort   to   achieve   the   Millennium  Development  Goals  by  2015,  while  also  framing  a  single  and  cohesive  post  2015  development  agenda  that   integrates   economic   growth,   social   inclusion   and   environmental   protection," acknowledging that "Economic   growth  alone  is  not  sufficient  to  ensure  social  justice,  equity  and  sustained  prosperity  for  all  people."

The Panel therefore urged that the  global community   must   pursue   economic   and   social   transformation   leading   to   sustained   and   inclusive  economic  growth  at  the  local,  national  and  global  levels.

"The protection and empowerment of people is crucial.   This   will   require   peace   building   and   stronger   domestic   institutions - including   effective,  accountable  and  transparent  governments  and  peaceful,  just  and  equitable  societies  that  protect  and promote  human  rights  and  eliminate  all  forms  of  violence," the Panel further said.

The Panel said this   transformational   agenda   should   create   jobs,   develop   infrastructure,   raise   productivity,    improve competitiveness and promote sustainable production and consumption.

"It  should  tap  into  the  potential  presented  by  a  larger,  more  educated  and  better  skilled  workforce,  new  technologies  and  innovation,  and  the  expansion  of  national,  regional  and  global  markets.  We  should  explore  policy  options  for  green  growth  as  one  of  the  important  tools  available  to  promote  sustainable  development.  Actions  aimed  at  strengthening   international   cooperation,   particularly   in   the   areas   of   finance,   trade   and   technology transfers,  are  also  required  to  achieve  the  objectives  of  this  transformational  agenda," the committee asserted.

At the close of the Monrovia meeting, the three presidents included on the Panel, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Indonesian President Dr. H. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono spoke to journalists.

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