UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, announced the members of the High-Level Panel today to advise on the global development agenda beyond 2015. In statements today, Ban Ki-moon said, “I have asked my High-level Panel to prepare a bold yet practical development vision to present to Member States next year.” According to a press release, the Panel will hold its first meeting at the end of September, in the margins of the annual high-level debate of the General Assembly. It is expected to submit its findings to the Secretary-General in the first half of 2013, and those findings will inform his report to Member States.
The High-level Panels’ three co-chairs are: President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia; President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia; and Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom.
The remaining 23 Panel members are: Fulbert Gero Amoussouga of Benin, Vanessa Petrelli Corrêa of Brazil, Yingfan Wang of China, Maria Angela Holguin of Colombia, Jean-Michel Severino of France, Horst Kohler of Germany, Naoto Kan of Japan, Queen Rania of Jordan, Betty Maina of Kenya, Abhijit Banerjee of India, Andris Piebalgs of Latvia, Patricia Espinosa of Mexico, Paul Polman of the Netherlands, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of Nigeria, Elvira Nabiullina of the Russian Federation, Graça Machel of South Africa, Sung-Hwan Kim of the Republic of Korea, Gunilla Carlsson of Sweden, Emilia Pires of Timor-Leste, Kadir Topbas of Turkey, John Podesta of the United States of America, Tawakel Karman of Yemen, and the Secretary-General’s Special Advisor on Post-2015 Development Planning, Amina J. Mohammed, who will serve in an ex officio capacity.
To coincide with the announcement, civil society organizations launched the “World We Want” platform. Spearheaded by our colleagues at GCAP, Beyond 2015 and the Post-2015 UN Civil Society partners, of which the Feminist Task Force is a member, together with the UN partners, the World We Want platform will be used as a tool to help civil society define the world we want agenda and push the issue at the UN.
This is a crucial time to be engaged as representatives of women’s organizations. As some of us here in NY are involved in the post-2015 process, we are wanting to ensure that women’s organizations are engaged and information flows out to the regions. As part of the Post-2015 UN Civil Society working group, we are discussing with others about convening a mobilization task force with other CSOs to guide on actions to be developed to continue to push the issue for engagement at the UN but also to mobilize around the world. Plans are to develop a short accompanying mobilisation toolkit with a ‘Menu of Actions’ including World We Want village meetings, Candlelight World We Want SpeakOuts, WorldWeWant Street Marches, Public Hearings, Twitter actions, SMS campaigns etc to bring it all to life. Stay tuned for more information on ways to be involved.
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