NEW YORK (August 1)– As the 2015 deadline to meet the Millennium Development Goals quickly approaches, the international community is engaging in various processes to determine what comes next to continue global efforts to eradicate poverty and to create a more equal, sustainable world. Yesterday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon announced the members of a High-level Panel – (mostly government with just a handful of civil society representatives) – that will devise a “bold yet practical development vision” for a post-2015 world.

Link to the official press release by the UN:

Some reactions to the panel composition and tasks have already been disseminated; WEDO shares some concerns with this one below from Beyond 2015 and further wonders how members will ensure gender equality concerns come to the fore.

Link to Beyond 2015’s reaction to the UN press release:

Coinciding with this high-level announcement, a joint initiative between the UN and civil society, led by international alliances such as the Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP), CIVICUS and the Beyond 2015 Campaign, launched the World We Want 2015 global web platform. The site is meant to open a global conversation, inviting everyone from the global community to share his and her vision for a post-2015 world.

Link to the World We Want 2015 web platform:

Following the outcomes of Rio+20, lessons learned from our work on sustainable development, and listening to calls and concerns from our partners all over the world, WEDO will be highly engaged in various aspects of this ‘post-2015’ process (or, processes, as is more appropriate for the time being.) WEDO is following developments closely, working with UN, government and civil society organizations and networks, aiming to share information across wider networks and build alliances toward common visions for the future.

Will the World We Want in 2015 be better than the Future We Wanted at Rio? Can we learn from the challenges of the past and work together as a global community to make change happen? We (all) have a lot of work ahead of us to ensure women’s rights are promoted and protected, gender equality is realized and a sustainable future that respects the boundaries of nature is secured.

Below, watch a debate with Amina Az-Zubair, former Special Assistant to the Nigerian President on MDGs; Naila Kabeer, Prof of Development Studies at SOAS; and Claire Melamed, Head of Growth, Poverty and Inequality Programme at ODI on the Millennium Development Goals and the Post-2015 Agenda

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