Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Join the debate - Public Policy for ‘Buen Vivir’ and Well-being in Latin America


Wikiprogress Latin America Online Discussion

26 September 09:00 until 7 October 16:00 (GMT) 

Wikiprogress Latin America, La OCDE Centro de México , Académica, ImaginaMéxico, TelmexHub and Wikiprogress would like to invite you to take part in an online discussion on Public Policy for ‘Buen Vivir*’ and Well-being in Latin America . This will be a unique opportunity to reflect and exchange best practices, research and experiences. The debate, which will be conducted in Spanish (but comments in other languages are welcome), will focus on the following questions:

  • Should Latin America evaluate social performance with measurements that go beyond GDP?
  • If so, which other indicators should we consider to measure social progress and the wellbeing of people?
  • What consequences would there be for public policy, social programmes and development strategies in Latin America?
  • Are there examples in Latin America of public policy that consider the well-being and happiness of people?

“The growing calls for reconsidering the way we assess the progress of societies and public policy reflects a profound reassessment of what well-being is and of its epistemological foundations: about how a person’s well-being can be known. 
The call to re-evaluate the predominance of economic indicators such as GDP in the assessment of well-being comes from several fronts: politicians and public officers find that their success in achieving economic growth and mass consumption are not equally appreciated by citizens. Citizens, in their turn, do not fully identify with all the benefits that they are assumed to be getting; in addition, citizens experience some costs which are not reflected in the political discourse nor in the academic constructs. Furthermore, new well-being approaches support the longstanding scepticism some academic communities have regarding the accuracy of the GDP as an indicator for progress in societies.”
Source: Rojas, M. (2011) “Más allá del ingreso: progreso y bienestar subjetivo” en M. Rojas (coord.) La medición del Progreso y del Bienestar. Propuestas desde América Latina. Foro Consultivo Científico y Tecnológico, México DF 

You are invited to leave your comments in the section “Contribuye”on the discussion page. As indicated above, comments in languages (ie. Spanish, English, French or Portuguese) are welcome. 

Here is the link: and the hash tag for Twitter #Bienstar and #PoliticasPublicas

Buen Vivir  - According to the indigenous peoples of the Andean region, and the Aymara people in particular, ‘buen vivir’ is a solid principle which means life in harmony and equilibrium between men and women, between different communities and, above all, between human beings and the natural environment of which they are part.

Equipo Wikiprogress America Latina

Further reading:
- René Millán. Well-being as the new “object” of progress. Five reflections.
- Eduardo Gudynas y Alberto Acosta. The good life or the dissolution of the idea of progress.
Both publications can be found here.

Sunday, 22 September 2013

68th UNGA - What's happening?

This blog gives a provisional agenda for the 68th United Nations General Assembly, held from 24 September until 1 October, 2013. It is part of the Wikiprogress Series on Post-2015. The OECD has been very involved in the post-2015 debate. Check out this paper on what the OECD could contribute to the Post-2015 development agenda and framework.

To watch the 68th UNGA live from 23 September, click here. You can also follow discussions in the Twittersphere using the following Hashtags: #UNGA,  #post2015 and #beyond2015

24 September – 1 October, 2013
As of 19 September 2013

Monday 23 September
11:00 – 12:30
Launch of the knowledge gateway for women's economic empowerment
(No. 16 UN Agenda)
14:00 – 15:00
One Million Voices: Data Analysis from My World
(No. 36 UN Agenda)
(link to event on 25 Sept 18:15)
·         My WORLD Survey
·         Claire Melamad, Head of Programme, Growth, Poverty and Inequality, ODI
·         Paul Ladd, Head, Team on the Post 2015 Development Agenda, Bureau for Development Policy, UNDP
·         Serin Falu Njie, Deputy Director, Policy, UNMC
·         Amita Dahiya United Nation Volunteer in India country office

Civil Society Voices on Post-2015: Messages from the National Level
(No. 10 UN Agenda)
15:00 – 17:00
Stability and Peace: Finding the Heart of Sustainable Development
(No. 52 UN Agenda)
·         Quaker United Nations Office &  Civil Society Platform for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding
·         Andrew Tomlinson (Quaker United Nations Office)
·         HE Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (Minister of Finance the Federal Republic of Nigeria
·         Ms Ann Sofie Nilsson (Director General of the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs)
·         Mr Theophilus Ekpon (National Peace Summit Group Nigeria)
·         Dr Zhang Chun (Shanghai Institutes for International Studies)
·         Ms Carolyne Zoduah (AGENDA)
·         Mr Jay Naidoo, Chair of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition)

15:00 – 18:00 (actual 10:00 – 18:00)
MDG Success: Accelerating Action and Partnering for Impact
(No. 9 UN Agenda-web link)
·         Executive Office of the Secretary-General
·         UN Member States
·         Interational Organisations etc

15:00 – 17:00
What People Want: A report from global conversation on the post-2015 development goals
(No. 15 UN Agenda)
·         UNDG
·         Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary General
·         Helen Clark, UN Development Group Chair
·         Monique Coleman, Actress and Global Youth Ambassador
·         Elizabeth Ford, The Guardian, Moderator
·         others (tbc)

17:30 – 20:30
Investments to End Poverty' Report Launch and Reception
·         Development Initiatives
·         Rajesh Mirchandani, (BBC World Affairs Correspondent)
·         Homi Kharas,  (Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution)
·         Judith Randel, (Executive Director, Development Initiatives
·         Tony Pipa (Deputy Assistant Administrator, USAID)
·         Winnie Byanyima, (Executive Director, Oxfam International)

Tuesday 24 September
UNGA General Debate commences (All Day)
7:30 (Breakfast) 08:15 – 09:45
International Youth Voices on Post-2015
(No. 18 UN Agenda)
·      BMZUNICEF & Mexico

·         Ahmad Alhendawi (UN Sec Gens Envoy on Youth)
·         Gudrun Kopp (Parliamentary State Secretary, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany)
·         Dr. Roberto Dondisch (General Director for Global Issues, Foreign Ministry, Mexico)
·         Global Youth Representatives

08:30 - 9:30
Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation Breakfast Meeting
(Not in UN Agenda)
·         Mexico,  United Kingdom, Indonesia & Nigeria

Co-Chairs of the Global Partnership:
·         Hon. Armida ALISJAHBANA, Indonesian Minister of National Development Planning
·         Hon. Ngozi OKONJO-IWEALA, Nigerian Minister of Finance
·         Hon. Justine GREENING, UK Secretary of State for International Development
·         José Antonio Meade Kuribreña Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs
·         Helen Clark (TBC) UNDP Administrator

09:45 – 11:45
(No. 22 UN Agenda - link)
·         OECD OSG/PCD &  Italy
·         Lapo Pistelli, Italian Minister for Development Co-operation
·         Andris Piebalgs, European Commissioner for Development
·         Ann-Sofie Nilsson, Swedish Director-General for International Development Co-operation
·         Winifred Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International
·         Private sector representative
·         Dev country representative

Voice, agency and participation - intimate strategy session - Clinton Global Initiative
(Not in UN Agenda)
·         World Bank
·         TBC
11:30 – 13:00
Tackling the unfinished business: Accelerating MDG progress
·         UNDP & World Bank
·         Heads of State
·         Ministers

13:15 – 14:30
Multidimensional Poverty and Multidimensional Measurement
of the Post-2015 development agenda
(No. 25 UN Agenda)
·         Germany, Colombia,  Mexico &  Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI)
·         President Juan Manuel Santos, Colombia (TBC)
·         Sabina Alkire, Director, Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (confirmed)
·         Gonzalo Hernandez Licona, Executive Secretary of CONEVAL, Mexico
·         Bruce Mac Master, Minister of Social Development, Colombia
·         Arssenio Balisacan, Minister Socio-economic Planning, Philippines
·         Shamsuddeen  Usman, Minister of Planning of Nigeria
·         Gudrum Kopp, Parliamentary Secretary of State Germany
·         Representative from UNDP
·         Representative from World Bank

13:00 – 14:30
Side event “The Right to Education in the Post 2015 Development Agenda”
(No. 56 UN Agenda)
·         Global Campaign for education, Education international Universal Peace Federation,  OAFLA & First Ladies Community Initiative
·         TBC

13:15 – 14:45
Side event of the Leading Group on innovative financing for development :
Innovative financing for development :
what role in the means of implementation of the post-2015 Development Agenda ?
(No. 20 UN Agenda)
·         Leading Group on Inovative Financing for Development (FFD)
·         President Francois Hollande
·         Mr Philippe Douste,Blazy UN USG UNDESA  Innovative Financing for Development
·         Mr Alfredo Moreno, Minister of External Affairs – Chile
·         Mr. Andris Piebalgs, EU Commissionner Dvp
·         Mr. Pascal Canfin, minister of Development, France
·         Amina Mohammed, Special Advisor to the UNSG on post-2015
·         Heidi Hautaula, Min of Internat Dev, Finland
·         Rebecca Grynspan, Deputy Admin UNDP
·         President of the Leading Group (Nigeria rep)
·         Mr. Mark Suzman (MD of International Policy and Advocacy, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
·         + more

15:00 – 17:00
Réunion de Haut Niveau sur les OMD - L’Afrique au-delà de 2015 : Quels objectifs pour quel modèle de développement
(No. 26 UN Agenda)
·         Morocco
·         TBC
14:00 – 16:00
MDG 2013 Countdown - girls and women transforming societies
(Not in UN Agenda)
·         Ford Foundation
·         TBC

15:30 – 18:00
OECD Side Event - Global Partnership for Effective Development –
Domestic resource mobilisation within a future global partnership for development
(No. 27 UN Agenda)
·         United Kingdom, Indonesia &  Nigeria
·         Minister Ngozi
·         Minister Meade
·         Mr. Thabo Mbeki
·         Director-General Ortega
·         Zeinab Badawi (TBC Moderator)
·         Others TBC

Wednesday 25th September
All Day (09:00 – 18:00)
UNGA President Special Event on MDGs and post-2015
08:00 – 09:45
The Power of Numbers
(No. 28 UN Agenda)
·         Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation - Sweden, Colombia & Sweden
·         TBC
08:00 – 09:30
Looking to 2015 and beyond: The role for anti-corruption and governance
(No. 33 UN Agenda)
·         UNDP, UNODC & Transparency International
·         Panel TBC
·         Director general of SIDA
·         Assistant Secretary General of UNOHCHR
8:30 – 10:30
Women delivering development:  integrating women, reproductive health and environmental issues into the post-2015 agenda, sustainable development goals and FP2020
(No. 64 UN Agenda)
·         Center for Environment and Population
·         TBC

09:30 – 11:00
High-Level Ministerial Meeting on the Humanitarian Crisis in Central African Republic and the International Response
(Not in UN Agenda)
·         OCHA
·         France
·         EU
·         Ms. Valerie Amos, Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator
·         Ms. Kristalina Georgieva, EU Commissioner for Internatioal Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response
·         Others

10:30 – 13:00
UNGA President Special Event on MDGS and post-2015 - Roundtable 2
·         President of UNGA
·         Ireland
·         South Africa
·         Roundtable 2 Co-Chairs:
·         Prime Minster Bangladesh
·         Deputy Prime Minster Ireland
·         UN Member States
·         Observers
·         NGOs etc

10:30 – 13:30
The voices of people living in poverty in the post-2015 agenda: Inclusion, participation and dignity
(No. 60 UN Agenda)
·         Caritas Internationalis, CAFOD and Trocaire
·         TBC

11:00 - 13:00
Global Education First Initiative Anniversary Event: Learning for All High-Level Meeting on Coordinating the Financing and Delivery of Education
(Not in UN Agenda)
13:15 – 14:45
Freedom from violence for every woman and girl
(Not in UN Agenda)
·         Finland, Liberia, UN Women
·         TBC

13:00 – 15:00
Tackling Water Risks to Secure a Sustainable Future Ministerial Lunch
(No. 31 UN Agenda)
·         Switzerland,  Netherlands,  Colombia,  UNSGAB & World Water Council
·         Michel Jarraud, Chair of UN-Water and Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization
·         Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations (tbc)
·         Didier Burkhalter, Vice-President and Foreign Minister of Switzerland
·         Lilianne Ploumen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of the Netherlands
·         Patti Londoño, Vice-Minister for Multilateral Affairs of Colombia
·         Juanita Castaño, member of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation
·         Benedito Braga, President of the World Water Council

13:15 – 14:45
Effectiveness and accountability in the post-2015 development agenda – lessons from the MDG experience
(No. 30 UN Agenda)
·         UNDESA Germany
·         TBC
Note: The side event will publicly launch the preparations for the DCF Germany High-level Symposium, on “Accountable and effective development cooperation in a post-2015 era” (Berlin, March 2014)

15:30 – 17:00
Deauville Foreign Ministers Meeting
(Not in UN Agenda)
·         United Kingdom
·         TBC
12:00 – 15:00
A Transformative agenda for sustainable development in Nigeria and Africa: Lessons, actions and emerging perspectives
(No. 34 UN Agenda)
·         Nigeria
·         TBC

18:00 – 20:00
Global Education First Initiative Reception and Launch of the Learning Metrics Task Force Report
(Not in UN Agenda)
·         Center for Universal Education at Brookings and Partners
·         TBC

18:15 – 20:00
MY World Partner Recognition Event and Award Ceremony
(No. 36 Un Agenda)
·         MY World Team (UN Millennium Campaign, UNDP, ODI),  United Nations Volunteers, United Nations Foundation, UNICEF & M&C Saatchi
·         Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, Special Advisor of the United Nations Secretary-General on Post-2015 Development Planning
·         Mr. Richard Dictus Executive Coordinator of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme
·         Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah
·         (Other) Members of the Secretary-General's High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons

Thursday 26 September
10:00 – 12:00
(No. 46 UN Agenda)
·         Philippines National Economic and Development Authority &  OECD/PARIS21
·         Arsenio M. Balisacan, Secretary Socioeconomic Planning, Philippines
·         Jose Ramon Albert, National Statistics Coordination Board, Phillipines
·         Neil Fantom, Manager, World Bank Open Data Initiative
·         Chris Gingerich, Deputy Director, Data and Analytics, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
·         Judith Randel, Exec Director, Development Initiatives
·         World Bank
·         Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
·         Development Initiatives

13:15 – 14:45
Ensure stable, secure and resilient societies in the Post-2015 Development Agenda
(No. 42 UN Agenda)
·         Finland,  Guatemala,  UNDP,  PBSO, UNICEF, Timor Leste, UN PBSO, Saferworld & IEP
·         H.E. Heidi Hautala, Minister for International Development of Finland
·         Ms. Helen Clark, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP),
·         H.E. José Luís Guterres, Minister of State and of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Timor-Leste
·         Representative of the Government of Rwanda
·         Ms. Ekaterina Parrilla, Secretary for Planning and Programming, Guatemala
·         Mr. Vasu Gounden, Executive Director, The African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD)

Friday 27 September
08:30 – 14:30
Global Development after 2015: The Role of Foundations and Civil Society
(No. 44 UN Agenda)-Link
·         UNDP,  Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation (in collaboration with WINGS, OECD netFWD and EFC)
·         Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation
·         Heather Grady, Vice President, Rockefeller Foundation
·         Others TBC

We look forward to keeping you informed!

Wikiprogress Team