April 2014, Quito, Ecuador - UNITAR’s Decentralized Cooperation Programme, with the support of the Municipality of Quito and the University San Francisco de Quito, delivered in the beginning of April, a briefing session on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The session, held in Quito, aimed at raising awareness and informing local audiences on the intergovernmental process to formulate the new development agenda, the stakeholders involved and the state of the debate in some areas that are key to local actors.
H.E. Ambassador Luis Gallegos, Permanent Representative of Ecuador to the United Nations in Geneva and Chairman of Task Force on Disarmament and of the Global UN Partnership for Inclusive ICTs, opened the briefing session, providing some insights into the process that led to the creation of the Millennium Development Goals more than a decade ago. Ambassador Gallegos made some important remarks on the need to have an inclusive and holistic process to formulate a global development agenda that recognizes the importance of building on lessons learned from the MDGs. He also invited the audience to establish the link between human rights and the fight against poverty.
Following his opening remarks, Mr. Alexander Mejia, Manager of the Decentralized Cooperation Programme of UNITAR, expanded on how the 2015 process is unfolding at the global level and how key local stakeholders have contributed to the process so far, participating in instances such as the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals and the United Nations Development Group Consultations. Finally, Mr. Mejia explored the state of the debate in areas that are more relevant to local audiences; particularly sustainable cities and human settlements, and water and sanitation. The briefing focused on the fluidity of the global consultation process and the roadmap ahead.
This initiative will be further replicated in different cities, and will be delivered through UNITAR’s global network of training centres –CIFAL Global Network–. By doing so, a wider local audience will have the opportunity to be better informed of such a critical issue as a development agenda beyond 2015.
Image: H.E. Ambassador Luis Gallegos, Permanent Representative of Ecuador to the United Nations in Geneva and Chairman of Task Force on Disarmament and of the Global UN Partnership for Inclusive ICTs.