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The Post-2015 Development Agenda: Reflections from the High-level Panel Secretariat

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The Post-2015 Development Agenda: Reflections from the High-level Panel Secretariat

Published: August 2, 2013

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have been a central reference point for aid and international cooperation since their inception in 2000. As their 2015 end date approaches, the world is asking, what comes next?

To help answer this question, in 2012 the Secretary-General of the United Nations appointed a High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Co-chaired by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, and Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom, and including leaders from civil society, the private sector and government, the 27-member Panel was tasked with advising the Secretary General on a bold but practical development post-2015 agenda to succeed the MDGs. On 30 May 2013, the Panel released its report, A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies through Sustainable Development.

To learn more about the report, and discuss its implications for global and Canadian engagement on international development, on 25 July 2013 NSI invited Dr. Homi Kharas, Executive Secretary and Lead Author of the High-level Panel Secretariat, and Molly Elgin-Cossart, Chief of Staff of the High-level Panel Secretariat, to speak with leaders from the Canadian civil society, business and research communities.

The report provides an overview of the roundtable discussion.

Authors: Rebekka Bond and Kate Higgins

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