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UN General Assembly - Summary of Hearings with Civil Society and the Private Sector

UN General Assembly - Summary of Hearings with Civil Society and the Private Sector

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To assist UN Member States in their ongoing preparations for the High- Level Plenary Meeting, the President of the UN General Assembly, Mr. Ali Abdussalam Treki, has issued an advance unedited version in English of the summary of the informal interactive hearings with non-governmental organizations, civil society and the private sector. The final version of the summary will soon be issued an official document and translated in all six official languages of the United Nations. Further details at: http://www.un-ngls.org/spip.php?article2735
To assist UN Member States in their ongoing preparations for the High- Level Plenary Meeting, the President of the UN General Assembly, Mr. Ali Abdussalam Treki, has issued an advance unedited version in English of the summary of the informal interactive hearings with non-governmental organizations, civil society and the private sector. The final version of the summary will soon be issued an official document and translated in all six official languages of the United Nations. Further details at: http://www.un-ngls.org/spip.php?article2735

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@
THE PRESIDENT
OF
THE
GENERALASSEMBLY
12July
201.0
Excellency
I
have
the
honour
to
draw
your
attention
to
the
informal
interactive
hearings
which
were
held
on
1.4
and
15
June
2010
with
non-governmental
organizations,
civil
society and
the private
sector
to
provide
an
input
to
the
preparatoryprocess
for
the
High-level
Plenary
Meeting
on
the
MillenniumDevelopment
Goals,
in
accordance
with
General
AssemblyResolutton
64/184.
According
to
the
same
resolution,
the
GeneralAssembly
requested
that
a
summary
of
the
hearings beissued
as
an
Assembly document
prior
to
the
High-Level
Plenary
Meeting.
To
assist
Membet
States
in
their
ongoing preparations
for
the
Htgh-
Level
Plenary
Meeting,
I
havedecided
to
issue
an
advance
uneditedversion
in
English
of
the
summary,
which
is
now
avallable
on
the
website
of
the
President
of
the
General
Assembly:
www.un.org/galprcsidcnt/6-ll.
The
summary
will
shordy
beavarlable
as
a
GeneralAssemblydocument
in
all the
official
languages.Please
accept,
Excellenc|,
the
assuraflces
of
my highest consideration.
4Jt-
Ali
Abdussalam
Treki
All
Permarrent Representatives
and
Permanent Observers
to
the
UnitedNationsNew
York
 
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Informal interactive hearings of the General Assembly withrepresentatives of non-governmental organizations, civil societyorganizations and the private sector
ADVANCE UNEDITED SUMMARY12 July 2010INTRODUCTION
1. The General Assembly held informal interactive hearings withrepresentatives of non-governmental organizations, civil society and theprivate sector on 14 and 15 June 2010 in New York, in accordance withGeneral Assembly resolution 64/184 of 21 December 2009. The Hearingswere organized by the President of the 64
th
session of the GeneralAssembly as an input to the preparatory process of the General AssemblyHigh-level Plenary Meeting (HLPM) on the Millennium DevelopmentGoals (MDGs) to be held from 20 to 22 September 2010 in New York.2. The themes for the Hearings were based on the report of the Secretary-General of 12 February 2010, “Keeping the promise: a forward-lookingreview to promote an agreed action agenda to achieve the MillenniumDevelopment Goals by 2015(A/64/665).
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Four interactive sessionswere held under the themes of: “Building a better tomorrow: localactions, national strategies and global structures;” “Equal and inclusivepartnerships: Accountability in the fight against poverty;” “Sustainingdevelopment and withstanding crises;” “From voice to policy: 1660 daysleft.”3. 46 speakers and 519 observers, representing 335 non-governmental, civilsociety and private sector organizations, participated in the meeting,together with Member States and observers. Well over half of theparticipants were women.4. This summary of the Hearings provides Member States with a resourcein their consultations on the Outcome Document to be adopted at theHLPM. The summary offers some guiding principles and proposals bycivil society and the private sector for the way forward to 2015,including through participatory accountability frameworks. It thensummarizes a range of specific proposals under Goals 1 to 8, as part of aglobal “MDG Breakthrough Plan”, as called for by many civil societyorganisations.
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A global on-line consultation based on the Secretary-General's comprehensive report, to which over 160international, national and local civil society organizations c ontributed, is available on: <www.un-ngls.org/mdgconsultation>. Written statements from the Hearings are available on: <http://www.un -ngls.org/mdg2010>
 
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GUIDING PRINCIPLES AND PROPOSALS FOR THE WAYFORWARD
5. Participants emphasized that the Millennium Development Goals(MDGs) have provided a common and unifying framework fordevelopment and a useful mobilization tool.6. Many speakers reaffirmed the message of the Secretary-General in hisreport for the HLPM that the MDGs rest upon the MillenniumDeclaration and are an expression of human rights. Among those rights,participants emphasized both civil and political rights, as well aseconomic, social and cultural rights, and the right to development. Overhalf the world’s population is composed of women, yet realizing genderequality remains one of the most difficult goals to achieve, which hasimplications for all the MDGs.7. For many speakers, the onset of the multiple global food, economic andclimate crises only reinforced concerns expressed by civil society formany years that the prevailing development model of recent decades isunsustainable. Many participants echoed the Secretary-General’s call forstrengthened national ownership of policies to pursue more inclusive,equitable and environmentally sustainable development paths. Thisimplied greater policy space to mobilize domestic resources and alignforward-looking macroeconomic and sectoral policies with developmentgoals currently often still restricted by inappropriate externalconditionalities, trade rules and the constraints imposed by internationalfinancial markets. This pointed to the need for major reforms ininternational economic and development cooperation.8. While developed countries have fallen short of fulfilling theircommitments, uneven domestic distribution of resources in developingcountries also undermines the MDGs. It was noted that in recent years,many developing countries experienced high levels of economic growth,but poverty reduction and job creation lagged behind – so-called “joblessgrowth.”9. Throughout the hearings panellists offered examples of the many bestpractices that could be scaled up and replicated in order to reach thegoals by 2015. For example, it was noted that the government of Malawiin 2004 brought back agricultural subsidies to small farmers. Between2005 and 2007, this resulted in a two-fold productivity increasing,turning food deficit of 43% into a food surplus of 57%. The proportionof people living on less than US$1 a day has fallen from 52% to 40%. InBrazil, the “Fome Zero(Zero Hunger) programme includes cashtransfers, food banks, community kitchens and school meals, and has

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