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UNDG Event 2014

The main message of the dialogues and of this report is that, irrespective of income status or region, the implementation of the new agenda will depend on actions taken at national and local levels. It is there that attention will need to be focused and investments made, if we are to make the transformative shifts which advancing human and sustainable development requires.
Helen Clark, Chair of the UN Development Group

Presentation of the dialogues’ key messages

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One year ago the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) released a summary of a global consultation process on the world that people want. The report, ‘A Million Voices’, captured the results of nearly 100 national dialogues on post-2015, 11 thematic consultations, and a vibrant e-discussion and global survey, MY World.

The current report picks up where 'A Million Voices' left off, and looks in more depth at the factors within each country that will support or impede implementation. A set of Dialogues has been exploring these factors and are still capturing ideas around these six topics:

The overarching message is that all these means of implementation will require sufficient investment if the new post-2015 development agenda is to make a real difference to people’s lives. Whatever the specific topic of discussion several principlese merge again and again: participation, inclusion, and the need for strengthened capacities and partnerships.

Only an agenda that focuses on effective implementation, including through these aspects, will do justice to the aspirationsand hopes of the millions of people around the world who have guided governments to this new agenda— the future they want.

Cross Cutting Messages:

Participation - Making the world a better place requires people's engagement

Possibly the most important message that people are sending is their desire to be engaged. People want to be full partners in the implementation of an agenda that directly affects their lives. They are not passive recipients but active agents of change. This message came strongly from the Global Conversation in almost100 countries and is coming out strongly again from the Dialogue on Implementation. Moreover, the Dialogues have underlined that while there is an intrinsic value to people being empowered and claiming their right to be heard, their participation and ownership is also essential to achieve successful and sustainable development outcomes.

Inclusion - a universal agenda means engaging all people at the local level

The thirst for continued participation an engagement is closely linked to a second message on the importance of including all stakeholders, recognizing the heterogeneity that exists at all levels: among people, civil society, local government and the private sector.

Capacities- the fuel of implementation

A third common thread in the various Dialogues is an overwhelming need to strengthen capacities at all levels. The emerging development agenda looks set to encompass a set of goals that are more complex, transformative, interdependent and universally applicable than the MDGs. If the implementation of this kind of agenda is to be successful, capacities are at the core.

Multi- stakeholder partnership - the glue of implementation

A fourth message apparent across the various Dialogues is about the importance of creating multi-stakeholder partnerships for the implementation of the post-2015 agenda. If constructed carefully, multi-stakeholder partnerships can facilitate participation and voluntary engagement and draw on the assets and strengths of different actors.

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