The UN Secretary-General Report on accelerating progress toward the MDGs and the issues for advancing the UN development agenda beyond 2015 (A/66/126
) stated that “[t]he post-2015 development framework is likely to have the best development impact if it emerges from an inclusive, open and transparent process with multiple stakeholder participation.”
The UN system is uniquely positioned to foster this inclusive multi-stakeholder process and advocate for an agenda informed by national and local priorities. UN agencies, funds and programmes can promote inclusive consultation process by identifying key groups, convening stakeholders, and informing the debate with relevant knowledge on development challenges, opportunities and solutions.
UNDG, under the UN System Task Team has developed an initial list of 50 countries selected to participate in the national consultations. These countries are intended to be a representative sample across several dimensions: regional, country typology, and different types of development challenges (such as crisis situations). Other important considerations will include demand / ownership, strategic importance to multilateral processes (including Rio+20), and donor preference where stated. High Income Countries will be excluded from the sample, but outreach and consultation will proceed through alternative channels. It is expected that the participation of developed countries and their citizens will be done through the Global Web Portal, the Global Meetings and the networks of the UNDG agencies and their partners.
The national consultations are intended to foster an inclusive multi-stakeholder process and advocate for a Post-2015 development agenda informed by national and local priorities.
The consultations will seek to ensure that the vision of the world we want to live in takes into account the perspectives from a broad base of civil society, marginalized groups, and others previously left out of discussions on development priorities.