Kyiv, Ukraine, 29 January 2013 - Senior government officials and development strategists gathered in late January for a round-table on “Development priorities after the year 2015: The future we want” at the Institute for Strategic Studies in Kyiv.
Participants included Andrey Yermolayev, Director of the Institute for Strategic Studies, Yuriy Karakai , Adviser to the President of Ukraine and Head of the Department of Reforms in the Social Sphere of the Administration of the President of Ukraine, Anatoliy Danilenko, Deputy Head of the Institute for Economics and Forecasting of the National Academy of Sciences (NANU), Elena Makarova – Deputy Director of the Institute for Demography and Social Studies and many other well known academicians, representatives of NGOs and expert community.
The conference was part of the framework of the Post-2015 Development Agenda National Consultations Process. Olga Balakireva, the Head of the Department for Monitoring of the Social and Economic Transformations, Institute for Economy and Forecasting, NAS, Ukraine and the Head of the Board, Ukrainian Institute for Social Research after Olexander Yaremenko, who faciliates the National Consultations on Post-2015 Development Agenda, moderated the discussion.
These consultations aim to engage representatives of various stake-holders, among them representatives of the central government, NGOs, trade unions, academia, youth, small and large businesses, vulnerable groups, etc., in the discussion of the future development framework that will replace the Millennium Development Goals.
At the UN Millennium Summit in 2000, world leaders from 189 States, including Ukraine, adopted the United Nations Millennium Declaration, initiating the progress towards achieving by 2015 positive results in those areas where the inequality of global human development appeared to be most acute. Adapted to the realities of Ukraine it has become the development roadmap for a long-term perspective that is both generalized and quantifiable.
Three years before 2015, the United Nations announced an open and inclusive process of defining and shaping the priorities and goals of the period after 2015. National consultations on preparation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda will take place until the end of March 2013. These are a unique opportunity for Ukraine to actively participate in shaping the global development strategy and to contribute to the formation of the global vision and priorities for the future.
Speaking at the conference, Andrey Yermolayev, Director of the Institute for the Strategic Studies, noted that the National Consultations and the results of the meeting would help formulate Ukraine’s submissions to the Global Post-2015 Development Agenda. Among the key ideas discussed were: the socialization of the economic model, restoration of global resources, demilitarization of the economy, establishment of sustainable diversity and the transfer from education to global edification.
Elena Makarova, Deputy Director of the Institute for Demography and Social Studies noted that her organization participated in defining the priorities of development primarily in the social sphere. Ms. Makarova stressed that issues of poverty and inequality should be the focus of public attention.
Vasyliy Melnik, Head of the Department of Epidemiological and Organizational Problems in Phthisio-Pulmonology, National Institute of Phthisiatry and Pulmonology, underlined that socially dangerous diseases, an indicator of socio-economic development, require to be treated with higher importance.
The experts agreed that three fundamental principles (human rights, equality and sustainability) should form an overarching framework to address the global trends and challenges that people will face in the post-2015 era. They proposed establishing a set list of specific and universal goals aimed at improving economic and social development, environmental sustainability, and peace and security.
The round-table proved to be an active dialogue that produced numerous ideas and suggestions for the preparation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda. All the participants expressed a great interest in participation of further discussions of the Agenda, however it was agreed that such important issues required more time so the next meeting will be held in mid February.
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