This year’s Parliamentary Hearing will aim at providing a parliamentary contribution to the on-going debate at the United Nations and in capitals around the world on the development agenda after 2015, when leading development commitments are set to expire.
Entitled Re-thinking sustainable development: the quest for a "transformational" global agenda in 2015, the Parliamentary Hearing will channel the views of parliamentarians directly into the UN’s deliberative process that is currently led by an Open Working Group of the General Assembly on new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It will build on the outcome of the 128th Assembly in Quito as well as other deliberations held by the United Nations, particularly those of a High-Level Panel of the Secretary-General. The meeting will also consider the role of parliaments in the implementation of the new commitments for sustainable development as a universal agenda for both developed and developing countries.
The meeting will comprise four main sessions focusing attention to a few key questions. All sessions will be conducted in interview style by experienced moderators. The main themes of the event are as follows:
The meeting will take place in the ECOSOC Chamber in the main Secretariat Building of the United Nations (second floor). The proceedings on the first day will start at 9.30 a.m.
- A new economic model for sustainable development: the path toward well-being
- Gender as a linchpin of development: how to frame a new goal?
- "Democratic governance" for sustainable development: what place among the new goals?
- Parliaments and the new post-2015 agenda: getting ready for implementation