On June 3, 2013, a round table was held to present the results of the nation-wide consultations on development priorities for the period beyond 2015. The report "Ukraine after 2015: The Future We Want", providing a generalized vision of the development benchmarks, will also be presented at the roundtable. The report will be Ukraine`s contribution to the shaping the global development agenda to be discussed during the 68th session of the UN General Assembly in autumn 2013.
The event was attended by Iryna Akimova, First Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine; Kostyantyn Hryshchenko, Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine; Ricarda Rieger, UNDP Country Director in Ukraine; Ella Libanova,Director of the M.V. Ptukha Institute of Demography and Social Studies under the NAS of Ukraine; and Andriy Yermolaev,Director of the National Institute for Strategic Studies under the President of Ukraine.
“For all of us, employees of the United Nations, the national consultations are both useful and interesting. We felt the society`s growing need in a clear action plan for transformational development. The level of optimism, interest in participation and willingness to act that we felt during consultations inspire us to new attainments”, Ms. Rieger, UNDP Country Director in Ukraine, emphasized during the opening event.
In 2000, the international community defined the global development targets - the Millennium Development Goals, which serve as a unifying platform to achieve social cohesion of societies across the world. By joining the United Nations Millennium Declaration, Ukraine, as well as 189 other countries, also undertook to achieve the goals set by 2015. New challenges have emerged on the way towards the goals, which necessitates updating the vision of the future development of nations. Formation of a global "Post 2015 Development Agenda" is a task that brought UN member states together to search for optimal models of human development and identify directions for future joint actions.
Ukraine offers the international community a new perspective on development priorities after 2015, which are based on the results of the nation-wide consultations. The national debate on development for the future that people want revealed how the general Ukrainian public view medium-term priorities and objectives. The Ukrainian society`s views fit into the overall sustainable human development plans, which are recognized by the international community to be the main direction of progress of civilization in the third millennium.
The four sustainable development pillars - social, economic, environmental and institutional — make an emphasis on goals and objectives, the achievement of which is key to Ukraine`s effective development beyond 2015 in the following priority areas: equal opportunities and social justice; effective health protection and increase of the healthy life; accessible and quality education: spiritual development and competitiveness in the labor market; decent work: support to human development and realization of human potential; modern economy: formation of an innovative development model; Developed infrastructure: overcoming of regional inequality; healthy environment: preservation and development of environmental potential of areas; effective and honest governance: a prerequisite for achievement of the development goals set for the period beyond 2015.