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Addressing Inequalities in the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Public Dialogue and Leadership Meeting

all2COPENHAGEN, 21 February 2013 -- From 18-19 February, UNICEF and UN Women, together with the Governments of Denmark and Ghana, convened this meeting on Addressing Inequalities, bringing together high-level civil society, government and UN participants.  The meeting was the culmination of a several months’ long global consultation process which leveraged online capabilities to engage with a diverse global audience at the website: www.worldwewant2015.org/inequalities.

Day one of the meeting was dedicated to continued public dialogue with civil society and other stakeholders.  Members of the Addressing Inequalities Advisory Group presented on and answered questions about the consultation and resulting report from an in-person and online audience.  The day’s sessions were live-streamed and live-tweeted.  Nearly 1100 online users from 101 countries visited the Addressing Inequalities space during the day of live-streamed sessions.

Day two of the meeting brought together high-level political, civil society and UN leaders to further discuss the issues which emerged through the consultation process. The day’s discussions were chaired by Mr Christian Friis Bach, the Danish Minister for Development Cooperation, Mr Paul Victor Obeng, Chairman of the National Development Planning Commission in Ghana, Mr Anthony Lake, Executive Director of UNICEF, and Ms Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of UN Women.  A chairpersons’ statement that outlined a number of far-reaching recommendations for tackling inequalities was released following the meeting.

Outcome documents from the Addressing Inequalities Public Dialogue and Leadership Meeting:

Press Coverage of the Addressing Inequalities Public Dialogue and Leadership Meeting:

Other information:

Recommendations

The recommendations emphasize that addressing inequalities is a prerequisite for effectively eradicating extreme poverty and ensuring sustainable socio-economic development. There was general agreement that inequality represents one of the biggest social, economic and political challenges at the global level today. Special emphasis was given to the need for integrating human rights principles in a future development framework, in order to address the structural nature of inequalities – especially with regards to gender equality and the rights of girls and women.

The Addressing Inequalities consultation is part of a much broader process being facilitated by the United Nations at national, regional and global levels to inform the design of the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The aim is to bring a diverse set of voices into the debate on what the next era of development should focus on beyond the year 2015, when the Millennium Development Goals are set to reach their target date.

Photos courtesy of Alexander Banck-Petersen - www.AlexBP.dk.

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