The General Assembly of ambassadors at the United Nations appointed as co-facilitators of the Post-2015 Development Agenda the ambassadors of Kenya and Ireland, Macharia Kamau and David Donoghue respectively. Likewise, two informal consultations at the United Nations were conducted on the 4th and 10th of November, where modalities and background issues regarding the 2015 summit were discussed.
The Member States have agreed that the process should be an inclusive, open, transparent and participatory, similar to the MGD open-ended working group. Also, the universality of the agenda should not be left apart, in order to avoid duplication of issues that decided in other forums. It is expected the co-facilitators to present a roadmap with a specific timetable of meetings for next week, which will guarantee no conflicts with other processes.
The majority of Member States recognized the fundamental role and the importance of the participation of all interested parties. However, some countries such as Cuba, China, India and Iran were of the view that participation must be in accordance with the rules of procedure of ECOSOC and the General Assembly.
In relation to substantive issues, there is a general agreement that the eradication of poverty and the unresolved issue of the MDGs should remain the core of the Agenda Post 2015, taking into account the Rio + 20 and the need for a balanced approach to the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainable development, while the priority of climate change on the agenda remains.
On the structure of the Agenda post 2015, there was general consensus for the following sections:
- A story, or policy statement
- Goals and objectives
- World Alliance/means of implementation, technology transfer, which would include an array with all goals
- A strong follow-up mechanism to define mechanisms of oversight/review/accountability at national, regional and global levels
- Data resolution
In the end of the meeting, the co-directors indicated that more meetings may be held before concluding the debate on the Organization and modalities of the process of the Post-2015 Development Agenda, saying that it will be an intergovernmental process, while it will be open to other interested parties to follow the internal rules of the General Assembly.