Members of the United Nations High-Level Panel (UN HLP) of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda issued a Final Communiqué that they described as an “ambitious yet achievable framework” in their meeting in Bali, Indonesia, recently.
Co-chaired by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the fourth HLP meeting held on March 25-27, 2013, discussed how to build a global partnership and means of implementation for the development agenda.
British Prime Minister David Cameron, another co-chair of the Panel, was absent in the meeting, but he was represented by British International Development Secretary Justine Greening.
Prime Minister Cameron in his video messages in the Bali meeting encouraged three points, namely private sector partnership, getting a global compact, and introducing new development goals.
“First, as we think about the partnerships we need to foster, I hope we support a greater role for private sector investment as the best route to sustainable growth,” the British leader said.
The Bali meeting was crucial because it discussed the eighth Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which is “Developing a global partnership for development”, which has been considered of being neglected and overlooked so far largely because it lacked specific indicators that could be used to hold leaders to account.
The MDGs, agreed on by world leaders at a UN summit in 2000, has set specific targets on poverty alleviation, education, gender equality, child and maternal health, environmental stability, HIV/AIDS reduction and a “Global Partnership for Development”.
After hearing reports from various stakeholders that included women, youth, businessmen, academicians, civil society, and parliamentarians, the HLP agreed on the need for “a renewed Global
Partnership that enables a transformative, people-centered and planet-sensitive development agenda which is realized through the equal partnership of all stakeholders.”
Such partnership should be based on the principles of equity, sustainability, solidarity, respect for humanity and shared responsibilities in accordance with respective capabilities, according to the Panel’s Final Communiqué.