6-8 November 2013, Istanbul, Turkey – The Regional Consultations on the post-2015 development agenda “Inclusive and Sustainable Development: Perspectives from Europe and Central Asia” were organized by the Regional United Nations Development Group and hosted by the Government of Turkey in Istanbul gathering together more than 350 representatives of government, civil society, private sector, and academia from over 40 countries, as well as representatives of the United Nations system to define the region’s priorities for the global development agenda after 2015.
Ukraine was represented by delegates from the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade (Director and Deputy Director of the Department), Administration of the President (Head of Unit), Mayor of Tulchyn City (speaker of the panel “Making a new agenda work – from the local, national to international level”), Director of the National Institute of Strategic Studies (speaker of the panel “Voices on the post-2015 agenda: equality, accountability and sustainability”) and Advisor to the Institute Director.
During Consultations, participants focused on the three main topics: 'Equality of Opportunity and Outcome', 'Putting Planet and People First' and 'Making the New Agenda Work', and discussed the following thematic issues: good governance, human rights, education, health, population dynamics, migration, decent jobs, social protection and the environment.
One of the main outcomes of the panel discussions was that inclusion and equality must be at the center of sustainable development, as inequalities and exclusion persist or have risen in a number of interlinked areas, such as employment, health, education, gender equality and environment. When defining the new development agenda, good governance and human rights are considered as both enablers of sustainable development and core elements of wellbeing.
At the civil society debate attended by 80 civil society representatives, participants agreed that universal goals and commitments are needed for the achievement of development targets, and the new agenda should be developed in a participatory manner. While emphasizing the importance of participation of civil society organizations in national delegations when attending international meetings about the Post 2015 agenda, the participants urged governments to further take steps to end inequalities by promoting human rights, environment and sustainable and inclusive wellbeing.
The importance of youth participation in determining the post-2015 development agenda was emphasized by all Consultations participants, and youth representatives made their voices heard by actively participating in debates and reaching out to the government officials during the event.
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On the photo: Mr. Yermolayev, Director of the National Institute of Strategic Studies at eth president of Ukraine speaks in the session VOICES ON THE POST-2015 AGENDA: EQUALITY, ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY