The Dili International Conference Ignites Momentum for Fragile States and Post 2015 Consultations
(Thursday, 28 February 2013, Dili, Timor-Leste). The conference entitled “Development for All: Stop conflict, build states and eradicate poverty“ concluded today with the declaration of the Dili Consensus. Members-States agreed to advocate for the needs of fragile and conflict affected countries in the UN Post 2015 Development Agenda. As delegates and organizers depart Dili, where the conference took place from 26 February to 28 February 2013, they understand that only coordinated efforts and support to the vulnerable communities will bring about peace, security and justice.
This conference, hosted by the Government of Timor-Leste, is an important milestone in the Post-2015 consultations process. It has contributed to fill in a gap identified in Post-2015 discussions, by bringing attention to the priorities of fragile and conflict affected states. 48 countries were represented by Head of States, Members of Cabinets and Senior Officials. This conference also provided a country-owned and country-led forum for representatives of the g7+ and Pacific Island countries to contribute to the international discussions about the focus of development beyond 2015.
Prime Minister of Timor-Leste, H.E. Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao noted that “the development agenda should focus on ensuring that 1.5 billion people living in fragile or conflict affected states are not left behind…We have to understand why despite all efforts by donor countries and international organisations, poverty still exist in the world.” Also in attendance Minister of Finance of Timor-Leste and Member of the High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the UN Post 2015 Development Agenda, H.E. Agio Pereira. Minister Pereira presented the outcome of the national consultations and emerging priorities for Timor-Leste, including inclusive political dialogue, state ownership, creating job opportunities, equal access to justice, addressing climate change, and social protection for people living with disabilities.
“Particular attention should be given this time to the positioning of science, technology and innovation in the Post-2015 to ensure it will play a dual role in developing a full understanding of key global challenges as well as in generating sustainable and affordable solutions” said Director and Representative of UNESCO Jakarta Office, Dr Hubert Gijzen. The new framework should be focused on the needs of marginalised groups and the most vulnerable to environmental changes and social inequality, and educating for a sustainable future needs to become the backbone of the Post-2015 agenda.
UNESCO Office Jakarta is actively involved in the processes for preparation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda, and leading consultations in specific areas such as water, youth, science and technology, and inequalities. UNESCO Jakarta’s strategy is to advocate for the role of education, sciences and culture in support of the “future we want for all”, capture and support the voices of stakeholders engaged in addressing questions related to UNESCO mandate, and raise awareness about the process.
To advocate these messages effectively and position UNESCO’s mandates in support of the Post-2015 Agenda, UNESCO Jakarta Office produced a series of flyers containing key messages in fields such as Culture, Education, Disaster Risk Reduction, Science, and Youth.