‘Define the future’

The three co-chairs of the High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda: U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, President of Liberia Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and President of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Photo by: Marco Castro / United Nations

What should architects of the post-2015 development agenda consider when crafting goals to eradicate poverty, especially at the household level? The United Nations has opened an online consultation portal to gather suggestions from “citizens, charities and communities.”

These suggestions will be collated and used in discussions when the High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda meets Oct. 31 to Nov. 2 in London.

Stakeholders can contribute by answering four questions:

  • How do we ensure that all people, especially the most vulnerable and marginalized, have the food, water, energy, health care and education they need?

  • What have we learned from existing Millennium Development Goals and what should be added, updated or modified? Is a different approach needed?

  • What policies and practices best promote equitable empowerment of the poor and marginalized to ensure an adequate standard of living?

  • How can employment be meaningfully approached?

“The panel is in listening mode. Panel members want to hear from people and organisations around the world — to hear their experiences, to understand their challenges, and to share their priorities,” said Michael Anderson, U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron’s special envoy on the development goals.

Comments can be submitted online until Oct. 26. After tackling household poverty in London, the high-level panel will be meeting again in Monrovia and Bali where national development and global partnerships, respectively, will be tackled.

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