Monrovia meeting


29 JANUARY- 1 FEBRUARY 2013 | MONROVIA, LIBERIA —The United Nations High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda held its second substantive meeting in Monrovia, Liberia focusing on the theme of “National Building Blocks for Sustained Prosperity.” Civil society was also actively present, providing their input to the three-day meeting.

Having met twice during the latter half of 2012, the High-Level Panel will have one more substantive meeting — focusing on global partnerships — in March, before submitting their final report to the UN Secretary-General by the end of May. During the meeting in Monrovia, panel members held outreach sessions and consultations with stakeholders, including parliamentarians, people with disabilities, youth, children, women, the elderly, farmers, trade unions, the business community, and academics.

Civil society organisations (CSOs) from around the world — including PMNCH members Save the Children, WaterAid, Action Aid and grassroots organisations from across Africa, Latin America, and Asia — also convened in Monrovia to discuss what the High-Level Panel’s priorities should be and to help develop its framework.

On 30 January, the CSOs unveiled a communiqué with their recommendations, specially expressing concerns regarding social and economic inequalities that have increased over time.

The document called for the High-Level Panel to, among other things, tame and regulate financial markets and unsustainable growth to prevent inequalities from increasing; to include environmentally sustainable economic models; and to increase resources for building capacities through education, training, access to finances and information, and health care.

The communiqué released by the High-Level Panel following the conclusion of its meeting in Monrovia revealed that its members are primarily concerned with people — specifically “the lives they are able to lead, the education they can benefit from, the families they can raise, the health they can enjoy, and the prospects they can look forward to as they live their lives and look to the future.”