11 April 2013

Liberia: Making a Bold Agenda - High Level Panel Secretariat Gives Status On Post MDG

The High Level Panel set up by the United Nations Secretary General has completed its work and waits to submit its final report to Mr. Ban Ki Moon in July.

The Liberian Secretariat Wednesday made a comprehensive report to local stakeholders of the HLP on recommendations that have been advanced by the world in an effort to carve a new world agenda that will replace the Millennium Development Goals come 2015.

Liberian Economist to the Liberian Secretariat, Samuel P. Jackson speaking during a consultative forum held at the Krystal Oceanview Hotel in Monrovia said the Panel during its meeting in Bali, Indonesia, shared belief in a number of guiding values and principles which involves accountability, transparency, shared humanity, solidarity (or reciprocity) and convergence.

"There is agreement that we need a new Global Partnership (which should encompass a fairer global trading system, globalization that works for everyone and include a much broader range of actors) as well as new global partnerships i.e. to replicate smaller successful coalitions to improve delivery," he said.

Mr. Jackson noted that during the consultation period the Busan Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation was repeatedly cited as a promising framework, which the post-2015 agenda should capitalize upon.

He said the HLP final recommendations to the UN Secretary General focuses on goals that build on the education and health MDGs, which lays emphasis on quality services and equitable outcomes, as well as cross-cutting targets on food security, nutrition and social protection.

"A strong focus on women and youth (including a strengthen commitment to eradicate preventable maternal mortality and improve access to sexual and reproductive health services) will be essential," he said.

He said whereas the first meeting held by the panel in New York focused Setting out an agenda for the work of the Panel, assessed the mandate of the UNSG in which members agreed that poverty eradication must be the overarching goal of the HLP Process the Monrovia Meeting in February was focused on National Building Blocks for Sustained Prosperity and Economic Transformation.

He said the Monrovia meeting set forth a concretized vision to end extreme poverty in all its forms and to seek to make all poverty eradication gains irreversible adding that it was a People-centered development agenda that help shape the Panel's work in Bali.

Citing African priorities during the Panel's deliberation noted that the continent priorities for the Post 2015 Development Agenda is based on Economic Transformation, Broad based and inclusive growth the reduces income inequality (Gini/Palma ratio).

He said African States wants to see a shift in the current production and consumption patterns and also focus on Job creation and financial inclusion.

He said countries on the continent want to see increasing domestic revenue being part of the global agenda and all effort should made to generate more tax revenue, control illicit capital flows, securitize mineral assets, pursue regional integration, secure fair trade, formalize the economy, capitalize on effective FDI and leverage ODA (particularly for infrastructural development).

Mr. Jackson noted that many Panel members emphasized the importance of there being an equitable burden, taking into account differential responsibilities.

"This means developed countries need to accept their responsibilities and show solidarity. Progressive agreements for the North will make this a 'bold' agenda," he said.

On the issue of financing, the Liberian Economist said the Panel members repeatedly referred to the Monterrey Consensus.

"Specific resource mobilization ideas included domestic resources (tax), tackling illicit capital flight, improving transparency in specific industries including mining and petrol, innovative taxation, PPPs, South-South cooperation and ODA (though as a supplementary measure). A recurrent theme was how to use global financial flows to better effect," he said.

Mr. Jackson told Liberians from the civil society, the government and other sectors of the society gathered at the event that the Panel agreed on the need for a set of illustrative goals, employing a sectoral approach.

"Not more than 10 goals. Over half of the Panel suggested that financing and partnerships should be included in the goal framework (a new MDG 8), as well as considered under the 'enablers' or means of implementation," he said.

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