Bonn Symposium 2014

Local Engagement for Development.
Prospects for a Post-2015 Agenda

All over the world, a multitude of task forces, stakeholder forums and discussion groups are engaged in intensive consultations on the new agenda that is to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) after 31 December 2015. Governments, international organisations, NGOs and other stakeholder groups have highly diverse and sometimes controversial views and expectations of this new agenda. But despite all the differences, there does appear to be one aspect on which the international community can agree: after 2015, the MDGs and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), currently being prepared by a 30-member Open Working Group (OWG), should form a set of shared objectives that will be universally applicable to rich and poor countries alike.

Representatives of the local level are also helping to shape opinions on the new development goals – but many of them would like to have a stronger voice. In the interests of an effective bottom-up approach, they want to make a contribution to developing the substance of the new agenda, rather than simply being tasked with its implementation. With the Bonn Symposium 2014, the Development and Peace Foundation (sef:) aims to support them in this endeavour. The Foundation’s Bonn Symposium is a multi-annual series of workshops which was relaunched in 2013 and will now continue with new cooperating partners, the Minister of Federal Affairs, Europe and the Media of North Rhine-Westphalia, and the Service Agency Communities in One World (SKEW)/Global Civic Engagement Service Point.

The Symposium offers municipal stakeholders from many different regions of the world a forum in which to explore how the various issues of relevance to the local level can be identified and integrated into the post-2015 process, with a view to implementing solutions as democratically, transparently and efficiently as possible.

The event aims to achieve the following objectives:

  1. Local stakeholders will be informed, through a learning dialogue, about the current consultation processes on a new sustainable development agenda. Attention will focus especially on the Reports of the Open Working Group and the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing.
  2. Local stakeholders in Germany will have the opportunity to engage in dialogue with representatives from the Global South.
  3. The event will encourage sharing of experience about existing municipal activities relating to sustainable development (e.g. Local Agenda 21 processes) and, in particular, facilitate discussion of the challenges associated with the multi-level system.
  4. Finally, in the interests of a genuine bottom-up approach, the key findings of the discussions will feed into the post-2015 agenda process at the national and international level.

In cooperation with:
Service Agency Communities in One World (SKEW)

With support of:
Deutsche Welle

Co-financed by:
Foundation for International Dialogue of the Savings Bank in Bonn


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