After 2015 – The road towards the next global development agenda
Goals for the rich – Making the next set of development goals relevant and aspirational for allAs more than three quarters of the extreme poor live in middle income countries and the global middle class is estimated to double in ten years’ time, North-South distinctions are increasingly blurred. Addressing inequalities within regions and countries is therefore fundamental. But how can “the rich” – individuals and nations in developing as well as developed countries – be brought on board?
Many people argue that the next set of development goals must be formulated for all countries and not – as the current MDGs – primarily focus on the developing world. With natural systems under severe stress and resource scarcity threatening the right to development of the world’s poor, is it time to devise goals involving the rich?
How to tackle the complexity of sustainability in the next global development agenda looms large. Is it at all possible to fulfill the good intention to fuse economic, social and environmental dimensions into a whole, as agreed at the Rio conference last summer? What kind of development is possible without compromising the future of the planet?
This seminar will address the challenge of framing the post-2015 agenda in ways that allow for a relevant and fair sharing of responsibilities across the globe;
- How can we establish a universal agenda that recognizes the diversity of challenges within and among countries?
- How should the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities be understood and implemented?
- How do we formulate goals to target the rich?
Jan Vandemoortele, one of the main
architects of the MDGs and former Director of the Poverty group at
UNDP. Jan Vandemoortele has served in various capacities with the United
Nations for 30 years (UNDP, UNICEF and ILO), both at headquarters and
in the field. He holds a Ph.D. in Development Economics and, after
retiring from the UN, he now works as an independent researcher, writer
and lecturer. Jan Vandemoortele has been an advisor to the UN Task Team
on the Post 2015-process.
Sivan Kartha, Senior Scientist at
Stockholm Environment Institute and co-leader of the research theme
Managing Climate Risks. He is one of the authors of the Greenhouse Development Rights
framework for burden-sharing in the global climate regime, an approach
that places the urgency of the climate crisis in the context of the
equally dire development crisis afflicting the world's poor majority.
Dr. Kartha is serving as a Coordinating Lead Author for the IPCC,
contributing to the section of next climate change assessment report
dealing with Equity and Sustainable Development.
Roberto Bissio, Executive director
of the Instituto del Tercer Mundo (Third World Institute) and
coordinator of the secretariat of Social Watch, an international network
of citizen organizations from around the world. A member of the civil
society advisory group to the UNDP administrator and a trained
journalist, Roberto Bissio has worked on development issues since 1973.
The seminar starts at 12:00, lunch sandwiches will be served from 11:30.
*This event forms part of a seminar series on
the post-2015 agenda, jointly organized by the Dag Hammarskjöld
Foundation and UNDP Nordic Office. The next seminar will address the
topic “Beyond economic growth and global statistics – measuring real
development”. More information to come!