Thursday, 2 July 2015
Venue: Representation of North-Rhine Westphalia, Rue Montoyer 47, 1000 Brussels
A small lunch will be served before the event from 12:00-12.30h
About the event:
For the last 15 years, the world has had a to-do list for eradicating poverty by 2015: the UN millennium development goals (MDGs). Overall the 8 MDGs with their 21 sub-targets have a decent record, though the international community will fail to reach targets to reduce maternal and child mortality. One of the main outcomes of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), held in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012, was the agreement by UN Member States to launch a process to develop a set of sustainable development goals (SDGs). Rio+20 did not elaborate specific goals but stated that the SDGs should be limited in number, aspirational and easy to communicate. A 30-member Open Working Group of the General Assembly was tasked with preparing a proposal on the SDGs.
No less than 17 goals and 169 targets have been elaborated. This steep increase in goals has triggered some questioning about the feasibility and possible impact of the targets. The economist has even dubbed them the “unsustainable goals” in reference to the inflation of goals. The UN general assembly in September 2015 will decide on the ‘post-2015 sustainable development goals’ to replace the MDGs. Now that the drafting process for the SDGs is coming to an end, we want to take a closer look at the proposal of the Open Working Group with experts from the EU, Civil Society and developing countries.
Hans H. Stein, Director European Dialogue Programme, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom
Rainer Steffens (tbc), Director Permanent Representation of North-Rhine Westphalia
Gang Badoy, Founder of “Rock Ed”, Partner of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation from the Philippines
Gudrun Kopp, Board Member European Network of Political Foundations – ENoP, Former State Secretary for Economic Cooperation and Development of the Federal Republic of Germany
James Mackie (tbc), Senior Adviser EU Development Policy, European Centre for Development Policy Management
Klaus Rudischhauser, Deputy Director General Policy and Thematic Coordination, DG Development Cooperation, European Commission
Patrick Leusch, Deutsche Welle
Kindly register for this event before 29 June at http://tinyurl.com/SDGs-2July Please note that you will be forwarded to a Google Drive sheet. Should you wish to register directly please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Photographs will be taken at the event for use on the FNF website, social media, in the press, FNF marketing materials, and other publications. By entering this event, you consent to FNF photographing and using your image and likeness.