As part of the Global Consultation on Governance and Post-2015, OHCHR and UNDP reached out to a diverse pool of constituencies, including parliamentarians, youth, civil society, academia, policy makers, activists, and media through a number of consultation meetings.
These meetings included the African Regional Dialogue at the Pan-African Parliament in Johannesburg (11-12 October 2012), two Sub-regional Parliamentarian Forums on the MDGs and Post 2015 Development Agenda in Manila (20-21 November 2012) and Dhaka (10-11 December 2012), and the Regional Governance Week: Social Accountability in a Changing Region - Actors and Mechanisms, in Cairo (26-29 November 2012). On 13-14 November 2012, OHCHR and UNDP organised an expert consultation on ‘Democratic governance and human rights: Criteria and measurement proposals for a post-2015 development agenda’ in New York. An online discussion also took place over two weeks on the WorldWeWant2015 web portal and it was open to anybody wishing to participate. And the final meeting of the Global Consultation on Governance and the Post-2015 Development Agenda was convened on 28 February – 1 March 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa, at the premises of the Pan-African Parliament.
More information about these events, as well as their outcomes, visit: www.worldwewant2015.org/governance.
High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons
The High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda (HLP), a body of leaders from civil society, private sector and government, was established to advise the UN Secretary-General on a bold but practical development agenda. It is co-chaired by the President of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and the Prime Minister of the UK, David Cameron.
For news from the HLP, please visit: www.post2015hlp.org.
Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals
On 13 December, during its 6th session, the OWG will address “Human Rights, Right to Development”. The High Commissioner for Human Rights has been invited by the co-Chairs of the OWG to deliver a key note speech.
For additional news on the OWG, please visit its page on: sustainabledevelopment.un.org.
Special Event at the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly
During the high-level segment of its68th Session, the UN General Assembly held a Special Event to follow up on efforts made towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. The High Commissioner for Human Rights participated in the event’s interactive roundtable discussions (see webcast of Roundtable 3 and Statement of the High Commissioner - delivered at 2:20 of webcast). The Outcome Document of the Special Event reaffirms “the importance of promoting human rights, good governance, the rule of law, transparency and accountability at all levels” and emphasises that the post-2015 agenda should promote “peace and security, democratic governance, the rule of law, gender equality and human rights for all.”
In partnership with the Governments of France and Tunisia, OHCHR organised a side-event at the General Assembly in New York entitled "From Aspiration to Action: A Human Rights Framework for the Post-2015 Development Agenda" (see webcast and webstory). This high-level event focused on innovative and emerging practical human rights recommendations on how to integrate human rights throughout the new agenda. In her opening statement, the High Commissioner emphasised that the post-2015 agenda should be built on human rights paying particular attention to non-discrimination and inequality.
OHCHR also supported the event “Visions and Voices for Human Rights: Integrating Human rights into the Post-2015 Agenda”. The event was organised by the Center for Economic and Social Rights, IBON International and the Amnesty International with the support of the Governments of Finland and Argentina.