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Kindly Invite You to the Conference:

The Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda: Global, Asian and European Perspectives

Organised in cooperation with the United Nations Regional Information Centre (UNRIC) and the Flemish United Nations Association (VVN)

Friday 30 August, 15.00-18.00
Polak Room, Residence Palace,
Rue de la Loi 155, Brussels

Abstract

This conference looks into global, Asian and European perspectives on the post-2015 sustainable development agenda.

The G20 Seoul Development Consensus, the UN Millennium Development Goals Summit of 2010, the 2012 Rio+20 Conference and the UNPD's Global MDGs Conference in Bogota in 2013 mark attempts of the international community, including Asian and European actors, to effectively implement the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs), identify policy and implementation gaps and define new objectives for the post-2015 international development agenda. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), set forth by the Rio+20 Conference, put sustainability at the heart of this process. The recent report by the High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons, 'A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies through Sustainable Development', which was submitted to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in May 2013, is the latest of a series of milestone in this process. It puts sustainability 'at the core', focusing more comprehensively than the MDGs on economic, social and environmental questions of sustainable development. At the same time, it highlights 'the importance to development of good governance and institutions that guarantee the rule of law, free speech and open and accountable government' and the need 'for inclusive growth to provide jobs'.

In light of these major developments, the objective of this conference is to assess and reflect on the key priorities for the post-2015 sustainable development agenda, particularly from a global, Asian and European perspective. To this end, it brings together high-level experts from the UN, Europe and Asia, who will line out the major achievements and challenges. Moreover, the conference will contribute to a reflection on the role of trade, security and human rights in the post-2015 sustainable development agenda.

Participation is free, but we kindly ask you to register before Tuesday 27 August 2013 with This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

 

Programme

15.00: Welcome by Prof. Dr. Jan Wouters, Jean Monnet Chair and Director of the Leuven Centre of Global Governance Studies, KU Leuven

15.10-16.30: Taking Stock: Global, European and Asian Perspectives on the Achievements of the Millennium Development Goals and the Way Ahead

  • Global Perspectives: Mr. Antonio Vigilante, Director of UNDP's Representation Office in Brussels and Representative of the UN Secretary-General towards the EU and Belgium
  • Asian Perspectives: H.E. Ambassador Kim Chang Beom, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the European Union
  • European Perspectives on the MDGs: Ms. Catherine Ray, Member of Cabinet of Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs, European Commission (tbc)
  • European Perspectives on the Way Ahead: Mr. Hugo Schally, Head of Unit, DG Environment, European Commission


16.30-16.50: Coffee and Tea Break

16.50-17.50: Towards a Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda: a Multi-Sector Perspective

  • Trade and the Post-2015 Development Agenda, Prof. Dr. Jan Orbie, University of Ghent
  • Environment and the Post-2015 Development Agenda, Prof. Dr. Hans Bruyninckx, Director, European Environmental Agency
  • Human Rights and the Post-2015 Development Agenda, James Mackie, European Centre for Development Policy Management


17.50-18.00: Conclusions by Mrs. Caroline Petit, Deputy Director of the United Nations Regional Information Centre for Western Europe

 

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