Members of Mejlis join national consultations to define global post-2015 development agenda

25 Apr 2013

imageNational post-2015 consultations at the Mejlis of Turkmenistan (Photo: UNDP in Turkmenistan)

The Mejlis of Turkmenistan has joined the process of national consultations in which people from various walks of life are expressing their views on the future they want after 2015. This process is part of the global UN-led discussions to define the post-2015 global development agenda, when the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) come to end.

Members of the Mejlis, representing all five provinces of Turkmenistan, including Deputy Speaker and all chairpersons of the Mejlis committees, gathered at the Parliament building on April 23 to think critically of positive changes they would like to see in people’s lives by 2030, i.e. another fifteen years from the end of the MDGs.

Turkmenistan is participating in the process of global national consultations among other 87 countries, with the support of the UN agencies accredited in the country. The results of national consultations will be compiled in June 2013, contributing to the UN Secretary General’s report to be presented in August/September to the UN General Assembly. It is expected that the goals of the post-2015 global development framework will be integrated into Turkmenistan’s national policies, plans and strategies.

The Plan of National Consultations provides for interaction with six target groups of Turkmen society to hear their voices on what is required for sustainable prospering after 2015. The national consultations are facilitated by national consultants who are currently meeting non-governmental organizations, including people with disabilities; farmers, rural entrepreneurs and women; youth, including young people from refugees and stateless communities; schoolchildren under 15; parents of children under 7 as well as government officials, members of parliament and local authorities.

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The adoption of the Millennium Declaration in 2000 by all 189 countries was a defining moment for global development cooperation. In recognition of the need to translate this commitment into action the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were adopted. Since their endorsement by the UN General Assembly, the MDGs have defined a common framework of priorities for the development community. In September 2010, a High Level Plenary meeting of the General Assembly convened to review the progress on the MDG targets and agreed on a concrete action plan to accelerate progress towards their full achievement by 2015. It also called on the UN System to continue informing the global debate on development and to lead the international discussion on a post 2015 development agenda.

The objective of the global process on post-2015 national consultations is to stimulate an inclusive debate on what the next  post-2015 development framework should look like, by providing an analytical base, inputs and ideas that (a) build a shared global vision on ‘The Future We Want‘, with clear recommendations for governments, civil society and broad stakeholders; (b) amplify the voices of the poor and other marginalized groups in the  formal negotiation processes; and (c) influence the intergovernmental processes so that they align with the aspirations of civil society for a post-2015 agenda.

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Simultaneously with national consultations, people of the world are encouraged to participate in the United Nations global online survey called MY World. The survey is available in different languages. Working with partners, the UN aims to capture people’s voices, priorities and views, so world leaders can be informed as they begin the process of defining the next set of global goals.