Presentation of the initiative - Serbia We Want
Serbia’s voice joins global consultations process
Belgrade, 29 January 2013 – “Serbia is one of 56 countries in the world that has the privilege to leave its footprint on the shaping of a new, global development agenda for the period after 2015”, said William Infante at the press conference held on 29 January 2013 in Belgrade. The country-wide consultation process, implemented under the initiative “Serbia We Want”, offers an opportunity to all people living in Serbia to give their opinions and contribute to the definition of a set of global Sustainable Development Goals that will guide United Nations and other partners’ development activities in the period after 2015. Special emphasis is put on the voices from marginalized groups in Serbia, who’s voices are often excluded in such endeavors.
The “Serbia We Want” initiative is part of an unprecedented global consultation process dubbed “The World We Want 2015”, facilitated by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with the aim to involve all people who are not always represented in such global policy-making processes. To see how the global consultations proceed in other parts of the world is proceeding, please consult www.worldwewant2015.org
In the context of the “Serbia We Want” initiative that the UN Country Team is presenting today, a series of tools and communication channels will be used to collect different voices of as many people from Serbia as possible. Doing it in an organized and meaningful way will help the UN agencies to inspire the global development debate and influence the shaping of future policy. To reach a diverse group of people, including the disabled, people in rural and remote areas, illiterate people, Roma or other minorities, but also victims of violence, displaced or migrating people, workers and unemployed, women, LGBT, poor people and many others, methods of reaching will be diverse: Their views are being collected and analyzed through workshops, focus groups discussions, direct in-person interviews, public debates, round table discussions and other means. An online platform and social media tools were launched two days ago – see www.srbijakakvuzelim.rs – in order to reach a large number of young people and other social media literate citizens and solicit their direct views on the future development priorities for Serbia. Access to an on-line questionnaires can be obtained through the UN Country Team’s website, Facebook and Twitter pages (www.rs.one.un.org ; https://www.facebook.com/UNCTSerbia https://twitter.com/UNCT_Serbia )
The interest so far is great and promising. Hundreds of questionnaires have been received every day, containing very interesting proposals and very differing ideas.
Through the consultation, we will be able to jointly decide what is really important to us, how we see our country in the future and how the quality of life of all citizens in Serbia can be improved, said Olivera Pavlovic Vukovic, Managing Director from the Secons group, which the UN Country Team has hired to support the consultation process.
The consultations will last until end of February 2013. A report with the results from Serbia will be submitted to the UN Secretary General to inform an inter-governmental working group involving under the auspices of the UN. The World’s new development goals for the period following 2015, when the Millennium Development Goals are ending, will be discussed at a special meeting during the UN General Assembly in September 2015.
“We are proud to facilitate the participation of as many people in Serbia as possible in this important, global process”, said William Infante, UN Resident Coordinator. “I appeal to the media to help reach out and encourage all citizens to seize this unique opportunity through Facebook, Twitter and the www.srbijakakvuzelim.rs web portal, to give us their earnest opinions, which we will feed into the world’s debate on future development policies”
About the Post-2015 Development Agenda
In this vein, the Secretary-General established the UN System Task Team on the Post-2015 UN Development Agenda. Chaired by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs and the United Nations Development Programme, the team assembles more than 60 UN agencies and international organizations.
In its first report to the Secretary-General, Realizing the Future We Want for All, the Task Team outlines a vision for the post-2015 development agenda and suggests four key dimensions which can help to guide goal setting. In addition, members of the Task Team prepared a set of 18 think pieces which explore how different themes could potentially be reflected in a new framework.
The mandate of the Task Team has recently been extended to include two new working groups on the partnership for global development and on monitoring and indicators. Moreover, the Technical Support Team to provide initial inputs to the Open Working Group on the SDGs, has also been established under the umbrella of the Task Team to ensure early convergence of the two processes.
In July 2012, the Secretary-General launched his High-level Panel of Eminent Persons to provide guidance and recommendations on the post-2015 development agenda. The panel is chaired by the Presidents of Indonesia and Liberia and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and members include representatives from the private sector, academia, civil society and local authorities. The report of the Panel will be published in May 2013.
Development Group. The eleven thematic consultations are: conflict and fragility; education; environmental sustainability; governance; growth and employment; health; hunger, food and nutrition; inequalities; population dynamics; energy; and water.