CESR co-hosts expert consultation on the future of the MDGs
On 2-3 November 2011, The Center for Economic and Social Rights co-hosted an expert consultation in Geneva with the MDG Section of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The meeting brought together a diverse group of leading human rights and development practioners, academics, civil society leaders and development economists to discuss lessons learnt from the MDG experience and how human rights accountability can be strengthened in development with an eye to the post-2015 agenda.
sought to receive feedback on questions such as where the main accountability
gaps in the MDG framework can be found; justifications, both instrumental and intrinsic,
for arguing why greater human rights accountability is needed; and the implications
of shifting and emerging global players in international development. Discussions also addressed
enabling conditions for the effectiveness of various accountability mechanisms
and the interplay between them; how an emerging body of tools and methodologies
for monitoring ESCR can be used to complement accountability frameworks; and
how the post-2015 agenda should be devised, including thinking about its objectives, content,
measurability and process.
This valuable dialogue will feed into a
forthcoming CESR/OHCHR advocacy publication provisionally entitled “The
Millennium Development Goals: Who's Accountable?” The future publication seeks to position
human rights in policy debates and international negotiations leading towards
the 2013 Special Event on the MDGs and the 2015 end-date, with a particular
focus on accountability. It will also serve as a tool for development and human rights advocates in this regard.
As debate gets underway over what sort of
international development framework should replace the MDG commitments
after 2015, CESR has
joined forces with the OHCHR to put the spotlight on human rights
the biggest shortfall in the MDGs process. The MDGs, and any successor to it, must address this accountability