Given the complexity and importance of the process to develop the post-2015 development agenda, UNITAR will be organizing a series of technical briefings, starting mid-February 2014 and continuing until September 2014, when intergovernmental consultations on the agenda are to start. The goal is to enable participants to fully familiarize themselves with the process, progress and key outcomes of ongoing discussions between Member States. These briefings will also provide an opportunity to look at some of those aspects on which delegates feel there is insufficient information and/or where they would like to have a more in-depth analysis.
The Briefing 5 will consist of 2 sessions with a focus on Promoting Sustained, Inclusive and Sustainable Growth, Employment and Equality in the context of the Post-2015 Development Agenda, and will take place on 7 and 8 April from 10:00 to 12:30.
Strengthen knowledge for evidence-based decision making in the formulation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda, and, more specifically,
- Assist participants to access the most up-to-date and essential information coming from the numerous processes that will contribute to the Post-2015 agenda, and key outcomes of ongoing Member States’ discussions in various fora, as well as allowing newly arrived delegates to ‘catch up’;
- Provide a dynamic and interactive space where delegates can exchange views on the Post-2015 development agenda and have a more in-depth discussion, as needed. The Briefing 5 will focus on promoting Sustained, Inclusive and Sustainable Growth, Employment and Equality in the context of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
After completing the module, participants should be able to:
- Discuss the economic dimension of development, including growth, industrialization, infrastructure, energy and employment, as well as their social and environmental aspects;
- Describe the correlation between economic growth, economic development and human development;
- Analyze the importance of national and international policies and domestic policy space for formulating qualitatively new development strategies and addressing poverty;
- Identify key pre-requisites for the strategic integration of developing countries into the global economy, including national policies and international environment, with a view to moving towards a more development-centered globalization;
- Describe the economic rationale for industrial policies; and discuss the relevance of different policy choices for structural transformation of developing and least developed countries;
- Analyze the role of infrastructure development to drive structural transformation processes;
- Analyze the role of access to modern energy services in promoting economic and social development, and energy sustainability and efficiency to address environmental challenges;
- Identify key transformations required in the energy area to meet economic, social and environmental objectives, and analyze specific needs of LDCs and energy-poor countries;
- Discuss the limits and prospects of export-oriented growth strategies for job creation, as well as possible alternatives, and identify policy mechanisms to promote more equitable and sustainable employment.
Analyze the impact of income inequalities on growth, poverty and development. As a follow-up to the module, participants should be able to have increased “confidence” in:
- Applying the acquired information on the economic dimension of the Post-2015 debate , in its connection with social and environmental dimensions, when conveying their country’s national perspectives;
- Evaluating opportunities for their country’s participation in various ongoing discussions, with a view to contributing to the process.
DAY 1 (7 April)
- Integrating economic, social and environmental dimensions of development
- Economic growth and poverty
- Strategic integration into the global economy
DAY 2 (8 April)
- Industrialization, Structural Transformation and Infrastructure Development
- Employment and decent work for all
- Tackling income inequality
This “in-depth” module will consist of two face-to-face briefing sessions that will feature presentations by resource persons followed by a Q&A session and an interactive discussion between the session participants. The sessions will aim to create a space for peer-to-peer learning and to promote an exchange of views among members of delegations.
Members of Delegations, other government representatives at the United Nations who would like to improve their knowledge of and access to the most-up-to-date information of the intergovernmental process.