The High-Level meeting here in Helsinki provides us with an opportunity to look forward. The work to formulate the future development goals will only intensify in the coming months and years, and the continued strong engagement of all relevant actors will be crucial.
What is the world we want?
Minister for International Development of Finland Heidi Hautala will host an international conference, Conflict, Violence and Disaster in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, on 13 March 2013, to discuss the devastating effects of conflict, violence and disaster as well as new post-2015 development goals. The conference is part of the ongoing global consultation process which aims to meet the new development challenges after the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals has passed.
Conference delegates will be high-level representatives from UN Member States, NGOs, the private sector and UN representatives, such as Amina Mohammed, UN Secretary General’s Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning and Rebeca Grynspan, Associate Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme.
In 2000, world leaders reached agreement on how the world would be made a better place. Eight development goals were set, and it was decided to achieve them by the year 2015. Of these Millennium Development Goals, three have already been achieved: poverty has been cut in half, the living conditions of slum-dwellers and access to clean water have improved, and as many girls as boys now start school. However, there is still a way to go.
As the deadline approaches, the debate in the international community is accelerating: What are the post-2015 development challenges and how these can be met? The question has been posed in nearly a hundred countries and on all continents: What is the world we want? The conference to take place in Helsinki is one in a series of UN-led international dialogues.
Disaster increases poverty and slows down development. The conference in Helsinki will explore the points of convergence between development and conflict, violence and disaster, and will formulate development objectives for influencing them.
For more information: please visit the official web page of the consultations: http://www.worldwewant2015.org/conflict
The conference in Helsinki is organized by the United Nations Development Programme UNDP, the United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office PBSO, the United National Office for Disaster Risk Reduction UNISDR and the United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF, in cooperation with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.
Facilitator: Mr. Abderrahim Foukara, Chief, Aljazeera Washington DC Office
09.00-09.10 Remarks by H.E. Heidi Hautala, Minister for International Development of Finland
09.10-09.25 Presentation of the Synthesis Report of the Conflict, Violence and Disaster Consultation by Ms. Rebeca Grynspan, UNDP Associate Administrator
09.25-09.35 Remarks by Dr. William Sabandar, President’s Delivery Unit for Development Monitoring and Insight, Indonesia. Former ASEAN SG’s Envoy for Nargis Recovery in Myanmar
Remarks by Dr. Alioune Sall, Advisor, Office of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf,
09.35- 09.45 Presentation of the Overall Post-2015 Process, Ms. Amina Mohammed, UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser in Post-2015 Development Planning
UNDP: Crisis Prevention and Recovery
UNDP helps countries prevent and recover from armed conflicts and natural disasters through advocacy, capacity building, conflict sensitive development, development of tools and methodologies, gender equality, knowledge networking, strategic planning and programming, and policy and standard setting.