Background

The Committee recalled that, at its retreat in October 2012, it had agreed to support and complement the preparatory process for the Post-2015 Development Agenda in order to foster greater UN system-wide coherence and coordination in the on-going work and to advise CEB on emerging policy and programmatic issues and priorities in this context.The Chair asked the Committee to focus in its discussions on whether the UN system’s thinking had evolved towards a common view regarding the core identity of the post-2015 development agenda and how HLCP could add further value to the articulation of such an agenda and advise the Secretary-General and CEB principals accordingly. Ms Amina J. Mohammed, the Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning, provided an overview of the analytical thinking that was underpinning current deliberations on a post-2015 development agenda. The Committee was also briefed on the work of the UN Task Team on the post-2015 development agenda. The Task Team had established three working groups dealing with renewed global partnership, monitoring and indicators and financing for sustainable development. It was also working towards the preparation of the report of the Secretary-General. 

Discussion

HLCP members concurred that the post-2015 development framework should present a vision of development that accounted for the dramatic changes and global transformations taking place. It was suggested that economic growth and trade - as a driver of growth - deserved a prominent place in this development agenda. Reflecting on the linkages between the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the post-2015 development agenda, HLCP members underscored that the Millennium Declaration continued to be a visionary and forward –looking framework for human development, which successfully combined measures to ensure freedom from fear and freedom from want while seeking to protect the natural environment. Some HLCP members pointed out that the MDG framework had insufficiently covered a number of critical components of development, including science, technology, and ICTs, human rights and governance issues, and peace and security. It was noted that the framework had also failed to address explicitly the structural causes of the problems the goals sought to address.

Action

As an initial step towards an UN system-wide post-2015 narrative, HLCP members supported the proposal to complement the work of the UN Task Team by identifying any elements missing from the report. In its role as facilitator of programmatic coherence and coordination of the UN system, HLCP also agreed to review and develop a UN system-wide view on the recommendations and findings of the report of the post-2015 High-level Panel as an input to the report of the Secretary-General on “Accelerating progress towards the Millennium Development Goals: options for sustained and inclusive growth and issues for advancing the United Nations development agenda beyond 2015”. The holding of an inter-sessional meeting of HLCP through videoconferencing after the launch of the report of the High-level Panel was seen as a possible next step in this regard. In addition, HLCP agreed to prepare an analytical synthesis of the debate on the post-2015 development agenda on the basis of HLCP’s discussion for consideration by CEB at its 2013 second regular session. A small drafting group will be established for that purpose.