Involvement of UNESCO Amman Office in the Post-2015 development Agenda.
So far, the post-2015 consultations have involved more than 1.3 million people worldwide. After the end of the first phase of consultations (2012-2013), the UNDG has decided to keep dialogue channels open on issues related to “how” the future development agenda will be implemented, thereby further providing voices and evidence to the post-2015 intergovernmental process.
In 2013, UNESCO engaged actively in the first round of post-2015 National Consultations, particularly addressing the challenges related to ‘making education relevant to the workplace for youth in Jordan’. UNESCO Amman conducted a high visibility event honored by the participation of her Majesty the Queen Rania Al Abdullah II and held under her auspices. The success of the UNESCO led event was evidenced by the enriching discussions and outcomes that arose from it. The dialogue surrounding the national concerns of education relevance and youth employability led to the formulation of strong policy recommendations expected to feed the strategic reform of the TVET sub-sector among others.
Earlier in 2014, the UN Country Team in Jordan was selected as one of seven countries to run the second round of post-2015 consultations under the theme “Partnerships with civil society and other actors”. UNESCO Amman Office has been co-chairing the post-2015 UN focus group established to provide strategic guidance and steer the process.
The conceptual approach developed to guide this second round of dialogues encompasses two streams:
· Exploring concrete mechanisms for the engagement of the civil society in the implementation of the future agenda. In particular, this stream will look into ways through which the civil society can influence policymakers and play a role in the monitoring and accountability of the post-2015 Development Agenda;
· Ensuring continuity with the first phase in Jordan, by discussing challenges and opportunities for the civil society around the main priorities emerged in the previous national consultation.
The first round of consultations identified four “areas of change”:
1. Strengthen the link between education and labor market, and support entrepreneurship to reduce unemployment and ensure decent work;
2. Combat stereotypes to ensure gender equality and decrease geographical disparities; reduce poverty and ensure equal access to social services;
3. Enhance accountability, respect Human Rights and contribute to regional stability;
4. Enhance awareness on environment, promote renewable energy and address water scarcity.
UNESCO Amman has been very active in area of change number one, leading a series of events over the past two months.
The conceptual approach included face to face and filmed interviews with a variety of stakeholders including royalties, governments/national institutions, CSOs, media, the private sector and youth. Participating UN agencies are currently in the process of arranging the interviews with the selected parliamentarians, the major of Amman, NGOs, media professionals, executives and directors. This process ensures that diverse opinions and insights are collected.
As of July 2014, 13 UN agencies have engaged in hosting or participating in post-2015 events and over 15 UN led events centered upon focus group discussions have been conducted in Amman and in rural governorates. Over 250 people have been consulted and a social media campaign is being carried out in parallel. The preliminary outcomes and recommendations will be prepared by early August, to be submitted to the New York based Secretariat, as a contribution to the UNSG report to the General Assembly.
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