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Press Releases, 3/8/2013 | Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

What is the world we want? Post-2015 development goals under scrutiny at an international conference in Helsinki

Press Release 49/2013
8 March 2013

Minister for International Development Heidi Hautala will host an international conference, Conflict, Violence and Disaster in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, on 13 March, to discuss the devastating effects of conflict, violence and disaster as well as new post-2015 development goals. The conference is part of the ongoing global consultation process which aims to meet the new development challenges after the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals has passed. Conference delegates will be high-level representatives from UN Member States, NGOs, the private sector and UN agencies.

In 2000, world leaders reached agreement on how the world would be made a better place. Eight development goals were set, and it was decided to achieve them by the year 2015. Of these Millennium Development Goals, three have already been achieved: poverty has been cut in half, the living conditions of slum-dwellers and access to clean water have improved, and as many girls as boys now start school. However, there is still a way to go.

As the deadline approaches, the debate in the international community is accelerating: What are the post-2015 development challenges and how these can be met? The question has been posed in nearly a hundred countries and on all continents; “What is the world we want?” The conference to take place in Helsinki is one in a series of UN-led international dialogues.

Disaster increases poverty and slows down development. The conference in Helsinki will explore the points of convergence between development and conflict, violence and disaster, and will formulate development objectives for influencing them.

The conference in Helsinki is organised by the United Nations Development Programme UNDP, the United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office PBSO, the United National Office for Disaster Risk Reduction UNISDR and the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, in cooperation with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.

Additional information: Pirjo Suomela-Chowdhury, Head of the Unit for UN Development Issues, Ministry for Foreign Affairs,firstname.lastname@formin.fi, tel. +358 9 1605 5565.

To read more: www.worldwewant2015.org/conflict and www.fi.undp.org.
Twitter: @worldwewant2015, #post2015 #beyond2015 #Inequalities2015 #Conflict2015

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