The UN High Level Panel work

The United Nations has set up a task team on advancing a post 2015 Development Agenda and a High Level Panel on Post 2015. The High Level Panel (HLP) is co-chaired by the Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia and the UK Prime Minister David Cameron. Its first meeting was held in September 2012 in the margins of the UN's 67th General Assembly in New York. This meeting concluded with a promise to work together to fight global poverty and the aspiration to end extreme poverty within a lifetime. The second meeting, in London early November 2012, focused on defining the overall vision and main questions that will frame the HLP report; and discussion on individual and household level poverty.

Discussion topics also included human development, jobs, livelihoods, and   how to reach the poorest and most marginalised. 
At the third meeting to be held in Monrovia, from 30 January - 2 February 2013, the HLP members will discuss national growth, economic transformation and development. This will be followed by global partnership and implementation methodologies at the fourth meeting coming up in Bali. In London, the panelists decided on 24 framing questions to guide the work of the HLP and to inform consultative processes with a view to producing the HLP report. The HLP Secretariat, led by Pakistani Homi Kharas, is collaborating with the UN Non-Governmental Organisation Liaison Service (NGLS) and other stakeholders including the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, and the Global Compact to reach out to a broad range of civil society, scientific and private sector stakeholders across the world.

Tentative programme of the HLP third meeting in Monrovia, Liberia

The HLP will meet in Monrovia from 30 January - 2 February 2013:

Importantly on Day 1 there will be a CSO outreach day where the African CSO secretariat and partners will engage with HLP members. This will take the form of a 'town hall' event followed by four roundtable discussions. ACORD has been nominated to lead the roundtable focused on farmers, workers and small businesses. Other roundtables will be on women & gender, disabled & aged, and children & youth.

On the agenda for the HLP will be to:

·         Discuss the elements of an outline for the Panel report and criteria for prioritizing the post-2015 agenda. .
·         Identify the drivers of economic transformation that need due consideration in a future global framework.
·         Share evidence and consultation findings from various constituencies with members of the High Level Panel.

·         Take stock of the emerging post-2015 agenda based on the discussions at New York and London and other Panel member contributions, so that Monrovia builds on this groundwork as well as to identify issues to be discussed at the fourth HLP meeting in Bali, Indonesia in March 2013.

Main theme and sub-themes

The meeting will be organised around the central theme of 'National Building Blocks for Sustained Prosperity', with a particular focus on economic transformation. Topics under discussion will include:
(i)                Enablers and barriers to economic transformation
(ii)               Equitable and sustainable outcomes
(iii)              Role of the Private Sector
(iv)              Governance and Institution building, with a particular focus on conflict affected and fragile states.
An emphasis on African Perspectives and Positions is also proposed.

Objectives and outcomes of the HLP third meeting

This third meeting of the HLP will aim to develop a clear vision for eradicating poverty and achieving long-term sustainability and identify key pillars for sustainable development. They will not aim to come up with indicators, as the brief for the HLP is to address the broader questions around vision and strategy. All of this is expected to hinge on the main theme of 'economic transformation'.

Civil society participation and attendance

The African CSO Secretariat is actively working with African CSOs and the HLP Secretariat to make sure civil society organisations will have sufficient space and time to engage with the HLP members. The CSO Outreach with the HLP is a key opportunity for African CSOs.
The African CSO Secretariat aim to engage HLP members based on the African People's Narrative and key findings of its various consultative processes.