10.10.2013 - UNESCO Office in Santiago

United Nations in Chile hosts workshop on post-2015 international development agenda

Photo: UNESCO/Andrés Pascoe

Through the initiative of the Regional Bureau of Education for Latin America and the Caribbean (OREALC/UNESCO Santiago), several agencies with presence in Chile came together in a workshop to address the following question: How should the UN system get involved in a country with the level of development as that of Chile, considering the advances towards a new post-2015 international development agenda?

A multidisciplinary group of specialists and officials from different agencies participated in the meeting, including UNDP, UNHCR, OHCHR, PAHO, UNFPA, FAO and IOM, as well as UNESCO. The workshop was opened by Antonio Molpeceres, representative of the UN System in Chile, along with Jorge Sequeira, director of the Regional Bureau of Education for Latin America and the Caribbean. The event was coordinated by Moritz Bilagher, programme specialist (Monitoring and Evaluation) for OREALC/UNESCO Santiago.

In his speech, Jorge Sequeira explained that the objectives of the meeting are to “work together to generate a roadmap for the United Nations System that, given the particularities of Chile and its state of development, allows us to more effectively contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, as well as to establish post-2015 priorities”.  

In order to shed light on the country’s economic situation, economist Ricardo Ffrench Davis presented a historical diagnostic of the Chilean economic policies from 1970 to the present. Ffrench Davis analysed the economic policies implemented by the military dictatorship (1973-1989), as well as those put into place by different governments following the return to democracy. He also addressed Chile’s progress and future challenges.

Following this presentation, Moritz Bilagher (UNESCO) presented on the history of the International Development Goals, such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and the activities related to the creation of a new international development agenda, considering that 2015 is the deadline for the achievement of the MDGs.

Later, the participants formed work groups to discuss priorities and approaches that each agency deems pertinent in order to enhance collaboration with the Chilean Government and different social sectors. Participants also considered the issue of collaborative work for a coordinated involvement in the country, particularly within the framework of UNDAF.

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