Speakers emphasized inclusive participation in the Post 2015 Development Framework
Speaker emphasized that United Nations must emphasize human rights in the Post 2015 development framework. They also asked that governments should include marginalized communities and women to ensure equal participation and realize gender equality and women rights in the new framework. United Nations is preparing a new development framework with its member states as the Millenium Development Goal (MDGs) will get end in 2015.
Speakers spoke in the seminar `Post 2015 Development Framework: Ensure Participation, Accountability and Human Rights’ held on 25h April 2015 at the Satkhira Press Club, organized by a rights based development research organization VOICE and Beyond 2015 while the seminar was presided over by eminent educationist Abdul Hamid. Among others, Nazrul Islam, Mayor, Satkhira Municipality, Nityananda Sarker, General Secretary of district teacher’s association, and Madhob Dutta, executive director of Sadesh spoke at the seminar.
Mr. Abdul Hamid said that having a remarkable success to achieve MDG goals, Bangladesh still needs to make sincere efforts to meet its development needs. The post 2015 development agenda should ensure inclusive and equitable economic growth while it needs attention to reduce poverty and inequality particularly among marginalized groups and improve living conditions. He emphasized the responsive roles of the leadership of developed countries in terms of climate financing and climate change mitigation. He urged for equal participation and representation of people including marginalized and most disadvantaged in the decision making process and told leaders to ensure democratic governance.
Speakers stated that the United Nations has been reviewing the impact of the Millennium Development Goals and preparing post 2015 development framework while human rights need to get more focus. It is time for the government of Bangladesh, to strive for new goals. These goals should guarantee not just a decent living wage, but also equality between women and men, a voice in the political and economic decision making, and a right to live dignified lives.
Speakers said that private sectors should exercise an accountable mechanism and they must respect to the human rights and environmental sustainability while there should be watchdogs to oversight private sector role in development, they added.
Drawing the attention of the private sector role in development, speakers questioned the present mode of corporate based development and over-consumption pattern which is unfavorable for realization of human rights, equality and environmental sustainability. This model has particularly worsened life and livelihood of the common people including rural, indigenous and migrants and marginalized communities irrespective of gender.
Post 2015 development agenda can only be universal while it respects people’s participation considering the vulnerability and ground realities of the people living with poverty and realize justice and human rights for all. The United Nations and governments must undertake special measures to ensure rights based development approach in shaping post 2015 development framework.
Reading out the key note paper, Madhab Dutta demanded that donor agencies must commit to finish the unfinished business of the Millennium Development Goals and they must comply with their commitment to provide 0.7 per cent of their gross national product (GNP) to the developing nations. Also he said that Bangladesh government must be very active to transmit the messages of the people to the global process that the new compact must ensure equal participation and must eliminate the root causes of injustice and poverty. He also mentioned that equity and equality must be embedded at the core of the post-2015 agenda – it must have an explicit commitment that no target should be considered met unless it is met for all social and economic groups. No one must be left behind by virtue of their gender, age, disability, income, geography, ethnicity or others, and data should be disaggregated to reflect this.
The post-2015 agenda must secure the full spectrum of human rights – including the right to development, to information, free media, and the protection of civil society organisations’ ability to organise and engage.