GDN launches a High Level Panel Seminar and open consultation on the post-2015 development agenda

By Sherine Ghoneim, Director, GDN Cairo

The Millennium Development Goals reach their deadline in 2015, but what should the next set of global development priorities be? The UN Secretary General has appointed a High Level Panel to provide guidance and recommendations on the post-2015 development agenda and a number of open, inclusive consultations are taking place during the year to increase understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing development after 2015.

The Global Development Network (GDN) is keen to enable researchers from the South to contribute to the debate and is beginning this process with a seminar involving senior researchers and key stakeholders from Asia and around the globe. The seminar, which takes place in New Delhi later this month, will connect members of the UN High Level Panel with the academic community of economists and other social scientists from developing countries.

In parallel, we are running an open consultation online (survey) to enable you to share your opinions on the future of development with the participants of the GDN seminar and other forums where the post-2015 development agenda is being discussed. The survey runs until March 11th, 2013 and gives you the opportunity to share your views on five of the most pressing questions facing the panellists:

  1. What do you think are the hardest challenges facing poverty eradication at the regional or country level?
  2. Can you give any examples of instruments or interventions that have been proven to be particularly effective at reducing poverty at the local, country or region levels?
  3. What are the advantages and disadvantages of combining the environmental and anti-poverty agendas?
  4. Are there new policies that should be tried to respond to rising global inequality?
  5. What are the lessons for economic development from the global financial crisis and its impacts?

The survey can be accessed here and the responses will be synthesised and shared with the panellists at the seminar. The synthesis document will also be published online and we will look for opportunities to feed the findings into other related online and face-to-face discussions.

What do you think the post-2015 Millennium Development Goals should be focusing on? Don’t miss your chance to have your voice heard. Follow the discussion here.


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