About the Dialogue
The Asia-Pacific Ministerial Dialogue: From the Millennium Development Goals to the United Nations Development Agenda beyond 2015 will be the first regional Ministerial-level event to discuss the United Nations development agenda beyond 2015 following the release of the report of the Secretary-General's High-level Panel of Eminent Persons. With the General Assembly preparing to consider this report at its sixty-eighth session and move towards finalizing a United Nations Development Agenda beyond 2015, such a regional dialogue could not be timelier for the countries of the region to articulate their concerns and aspirations. The Dialogue will also benefit from the leadership role that regionally-based civil society organizations have played in spelling out civil society perspectives on this global effort, as well as the increasing experience of the private sector in seeking triple bottom-line business outcomes.
Objectives and Outcomes
• This Ministerial Dialogue will be the first meeting at policy level organized after the launch of the report of the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda at the end of May 2013.
• The objectives of the meeting are to collectively explore and identify the key challenges in the region that should be addressed at the policy level in the elaboration of the United Nations Development Agenda beyond 2015 based on the lessons learned from the MDGs framework and in the overall of context of the three pillars of sustainable development, plus resilience.
• The meeting is expected to adopt a Ministerial Declaration, and the outcome of the Dialogue will be shared with the Open Working Group of the General Assembly on Sustainable Development Goals as an input from the Asia-Pacific region.
Participants (by invitation only)
• Ministers and Senior Officials of Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP member and associate member States)
• Accredited civil society and private sector representatives
• Representatives of regional and subregional organizations
• Representatives of United Nations organizations