ICAE / Civil Society Consultation For the High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda

ICAE
Civil Society Consultation
For the High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda
December 2012-January 2013

CIVIL SOCIETY CONSULTATION QUESTIONS

ICAE CONTRIBUTION
10th January

A. The shape and content of a post-2015 development framework

1) From the Millennium Development Goals, what lessons can be learned about designing goals to have maximum impact?

ICAE affirms that a new development framework must draw from lessons learned and critically question the long-standing assumptions which drive dominant development models. A fundamental reorientation is necessary that puts human rights and well being of all people and nature at the centre. We urge to learn from critiques raised by the education movements. The MDGs had the effect of distorting the holistic nature of the EFA goals.聽 By pulling out just 2 it had the effect of marginalizing the others,yet for the aims behind UPE to be effective you need parents to be literate too. But the focus on UPE has meant that far from reducing illiteracy by 50% over 15 years, we have succeeded with just 12% in 12 years. Education goals should have an equity focused target. ICAE is also concerned with the fact that poverty and inequality are on the rise. The goal of gender equality in primary education seems to be within reach. But although many countries have made considerable progress, according to the Global Monitoring Report , the other education goals will not be met by 2015. We urge for approaches that consider the gender and education dimensions of different development goals, and recognize the need for an integrated, transformative and rights-based agenda as a pre-condition for genuine sustainable development. As UNESCO reports聽 with only three years left for the 2015 EFA and MDG deadlines, at least 22 countries in Africa are destined to miss key education goals. The hardest to reach children (from the poorest households, living in rural areas and particularly girls) are the most likely to be out of school;and women in the informal economy are least likely to have access to literacy or extended education. Therefore, we believe a serious evaluation of the gains needed to take place in order to be able to fully understand the relationship between the gains and achievements and the implementation of EFA or MDGs goals. MDGs should recognize the impacts of the global neoliberal context looking the impacts of macroeconomic policies (including privatization, FTAs) and financial architecture in achieving those goals. With the end of the MDGs there is also the potential to overcome their limitations and bring into play full respect, protection and fulfillment of already existing commitments for the right to EFA, gender equality and women鈥檚 rights and other internationally agreed development goals, and to revitalize funding for women鈥檚 rights and gender equality.

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