News Coverage of a Press Conference on Post 2015 Development Agenda
Experts and rights activists on Friday demanded a people-centred post 2015 development framework to ensure meaningful participation of all concerned stakeholders.
They urged the concerned authorities to adopt a strong, inclusive and legitimate post 2015 framework to succeed in the Millennium Development Goals, said a press release.
The speakers were present at a conference titled ‘A Transformative Post 2015 Development Agenda: Citizens’ Demands and Expectations’ held at the Dhaka Reporters Unity auditorium, jointly organised by rights groups VOICE and Beyond 2015.
In the upcoming 69th United Nations General Assembly 2014, United Nations is going to prepare a new sustainable development framework with its member states as the Millennium Development Goal will end in 2015.
While presenting the keynote paper, VOICE executive director Ahmed Swapan Mahmud said the framework should address challenges including increasing rate of consumption, human rights, human security and inequality, climate change, and deteriorating global social cohesion.
The post 2015 framework should have a rights-based approach based on equality, equity and non-discrimination to ensure people’s rights to participate fully in society and decision-making, he said.
Karmajibi Nari president Pratima Paul Majumder said the UN should emphasise on women’s rights and global resource constraints in the post 2015 development framework.
Director of Supro and also member of Beyond 2015, Alison Subrata Baroi said that progressive taxation and tax governance could be a way out of challenges, mobilising ones’ own resources to finance development in the post 2015 period.
The conference was attended by, among others, Online Knowledge Centre chief executive Prodip Kumar Roy.
2. Demand for post 2015 outline to achieve MDGs
The civil society representatives on Friday demanded to adopt a strong, inclusive and legitimate Post 2015 framework to make the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) a success.
This demand came at a press conference titled "A Transformative Post 2015 Development Agenda: Citizens' Demands and Expectations" organized by VOICE and Beyond 2015 at the Dhaka Reporters Unity auditorium.
They also demanded a people-centered Post 2015 development framework ensuring the meaningful participation of all concerned stakeholders where civil society in the process leading up to Post 2015 Summit. 69th United Nations General Assembly 2014.
The 69th United Nations General Assembly 2014, will begin next week in New York with the theme" Delivering on and implementing a transformative Post-2015 development agenda."
Ahmed Swapan Mahmud, Executive Director of Voice read out the written statement and said that post 2015 framework must address the multifaceted challenges including current trajectory of increasing consumption, accelerating climate change combined with increasing inequality, deteriorating global social cohesion, and routine disregard for human rights and human security.
3. Experts stress people-centered post-2015 dev framewo
Speakers at a meeting Friday suggested for a people-centered Post-2015 development framework ensuring meaningful participation of all stakeholders where civil society in the process leading up to post-2015 Summit.
They also urged to adopt a strong, inclusive and legitimate post-2015 framework to accelerate progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
The meeting styled “A Transformative Post 2015 Development Agenda: Citizens’ Demands and Expectations” was organized by VOICE and Beyond 2015, a right group, at the Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU) in the city.
The 69th United Nations General Assembly-2014, scheduled to begin next week in New York, will focus on “Delivering on and implementing a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda”.
The United Nations is preparing a new sustainable development framework with its member states as the Millennium Development Goal (MDGs) will get end in 2015.
Former senior research fellow of BIDS and President of Karmajibi Nari Pratima Paul Majumder, Executive Director of VOICE Ahmed Swapan Mahmud, Director of Supro and also the member of Beyond 2015 Alison Subrata Baroi were present on the occasion.
Reading out a written handout at the event, Ahmed Swapan Mahmud said the post-2015 framework must address the multifaceted challenges, including the trajectory of increasing consumption, climate change impacts combined with increasing inequality, deteriorating global social cohesion, and routine disregard for human rights and human security.
“The post-2015 framework must reinforce international human rights commitments, fight against injustice and address how its goals will allow for a progressive realization of rights. It must embrace a rights-based approach to development based on equality, equity and non-discrimination, and ensure the rights of people to participate fully in society and in decision-making” Swapan said.
He also pointed out that the developed countries must comply with their commitment to provide 0.7 percent of their gross national product (GNP).
While addressing the event, Pratima Paul Majumder said that United Nations must emphasize women rights in the Post 2015 development framework.
The speakers also focused on reducing inequality within and among countries which is essential for transformation while they proposed for ensuring progressive taxation and tax governance as a way out of challenges mobilizing own resources for financing development in the post-2015 period.
Stressing access to justice and governance that should be enshrined in the post- 2015 framework, speakers also opined that the climate change is a serious threat to the countries like Bangladesh and governments should take into consideration to assert the rights of the climate victims, especially for the climate migrants.
They also expressed hope that the global leaders, including Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the delegations from Bangladesh will address the issues concerned in the forthcoming United Nations General Assembly in New York for a just and transformative post-2015 development framework.