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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