Post-2015 Development Agenda
The Global Process:
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are expiring by the end of 2015, and actions towards their achievement must be intensified. The eight goals, developed by the UN in 2000 to meet the needs of the world’s poorest, aimed to tackle some of the biggest global development challenges. As the MDG deadline approaches, it is not only essential to accelerate efforts to achieve the targets, but also to think about the new Development Agenda that will replace the MDGs after 2015.
In order to provide input for the intergovernmental negotiations that will agree on the new framework, several discussions are taking place at the global, regional and national levels. Civil society organizations, development experts, governments, the private sector, the youth and many other groups have been mobilized all over the world. The wide range of outcome documents and reports will inform Member States that will agree on the Post-2015 Development Agenda on the occasion of the 69th UN General Assembly in September 2015 and which will be effective starting 1st January 2016.
Jordan’s contribution to the Post-2015 process:
Jordan has been involved in the Post-2015 process since October 2012 through a participatory set of dialogues. The inclusive and enthusiastic mobilization of more than 3,000 people in all governorates, in urban and rural settings, equally engaging a wide range of stakeholders, represents a key added value.
The Post-2015 consultations were met with great enthusiasm, vibrant participation and a strong sense of ownership. Stakeholders appreciated the concrete opportunity to express their views in a frank and transparent environment, on issues relevant to their lives. The UNCT reached out to listen to the voices of those who are not usually heard, an approach that ultimately proved to be extremely rewarding.
The first phase of consultations carried out in 2012-2013 conveyed a mix of priorities, including the urgency of improving quality education, to establish robust ties with the labor market and the strong link between poverty reduction, inequalities and environmental protection. These have been regrouped in four Areas of Change that can be found in the report Messages for the Future We Want.
As part of the broader consultations, the Mark a Difference campaign to promote the My World survey was launched in Jordan in May 2013. By selecting 6 out of 16 possible issues they think would make the most difference to their lives, people are asked to choose their priorities for a better world. With over 50,000 votes collected, Jordan reached the second highest number of votes in the Arab region. Preliminary results from Jordan show that the first priority is better job opportunities, followed by better education, honest and responsive government and better healthcare.
Civil society in Jordan is eager to build on the present critical momentum as it regards the Post-2015 process as a strategic opportunity to shape a better future. According to the participants engaged in the Dialogues on Partnerships with the civil society in 2014 genuine and participatory planning is central to the implementation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda at the national level.
Based on their deep knowledge of challenges of the local communities, Civil Society Organisations (CSO) can be instrumental in implementing initiatives and the civil society has also been identified as a potentially powerful advocate for the principles and goals enshrined in the future Development Agenda. Participants in the dialogues emphasized that the Post-2015 Agenda is an opportunity to kick-off a more systematic participatory monitoring of government’s strategies and action, in which media and social media can also critically contribute.
Throughout the national consultations, youth from all over the country participated in the discussions, and articulated a keen interest in playing a more prominent role in the social and political arena in Jordan, both through traditional participation channels, and through social media and volunteerism. An example of how young people can contribute to the implementation of the Post-2015 agenda is outlined in the report of the pilot initiative that the UNCT carried out with Irbid Youth Volunteers in early 2014, a young volunteer network from the Northern Governorate of Irbid.
The outcomes and key messages emerged from the dialogues in Jordan fed into global UN reports, A Million Voices: The World We Want and Dialogues on Means of Implementation, which were respectively presented at the UN General Assembly in 2013 and 2014.