High-level Panel appointed to prepare post-2015 development agenda
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced on 31 July the members of a new High-level Panel to advise on the global development agenda beyond 2015.
The Panel is tasked to prepare a vision for future global development efforts and to provide recommendations on how to bring together the Sustainable Development Goals identified at the Rio Summit and the Millennium Development Goals for 2015.
The aim is to create a single global development framework built around sustainable development and the fight against poverty.
UN Member States are keen to see not only the UN system but also civil society, the private sector and academia involved in the efforts to advance the development agenda beyond 2015. Indeed the High-level Panel is committed to conducting open consultations with all these sectors.
A total of 22 development experts from around the world have been appointed to the Panel. The Panel will be convening for the first time in September, and it is scheduled to submit its report to the Secretary-General in the first half 2013.
Strong women involved
Half of the Panel’s expert members are women. One of them is Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who is also Vice-President and Secretary-General of the African Development Bank. She has previously served as her country’s Foreign Minister and as Managing Director of the World Bank.
Earlier this year Ms Okonjo-Iweala was in the running to become President of the World Bank, traditionally a position held by powerful men from the United States. Ms Okonjo-Iweala mounted the first serious challenge to this long-standing tradition.
Another noteworthy female member is Graça Machel. With her husband Nelson Mandela, she is co-founder of the ‘Council of Elders’, which brings together world leaders to work for peace and human rights. Ms Machel is widow of the first President of Mozambique, Finland’s first-ever partner in development cooperation.
Also among the Panel members is Nobel Peace Prize winner Tawakkul Karman, who visited Finland in June. Known as the Mother of the Yemeni Revolution, Ms Karman is a strong advocate of democracy and human rights and co-founder of Women Journalists Without Chains.
Announcement of the High-level Panel on the UN website:
- President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia
- President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Liberia
- Prime Minister David Cameron of the UK
- Fulbert Gero Amoussouga, Benin
- Vanessa Petrelli Corrêa, Brazil
- Yingfan Wang, China
- Maria Angela Holguin, Colombia
- Gisela Alonso, Cuba
- Jean-Michel Severino, France
- Horst Kohler, Germany
- Naoto Kan, Japan
- Queen Rania, Jordan
- Betty Maina, Kenya
- Abhijit Banerjee, India
- Andris Piebalgs, Latvia
- Patricia Espinosa, Mexico
- Paul Polman, Netherlands
- Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria
- Elvira Nabiullina, Russian Federation
- Graça Machel, South Africa
- Sung-Hwan Kim, Republic of Korea
- Gunilla Carlsson, Sweden
- Emilia Pires, Timor-Leste
- Kadir Topbas, Turkey
- John Podesta, United States
- Tawakkul Karman, Yemen
- Amina J. Mohammed, Nigeria