29.01.2013 - UNESCO Office in Venice

Serbia’s voice joins global consultations process “The World We Want 2015”

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Today in Belgrade, Serbia, was launched a national consultation process, led by the United Nations, to discuss what should be the development agenda of the United Nations in the year 2015 and beyond.

As one of over 60 countries undergoing national consultation processes, all people living in Serbia are invited to give their opinions and contribute to the definition of a set of global Sustainable Development Goals that will guide United Nations and other partners’ development activities in the period after 2015. Special emphasis is put on the voices from marginalized groups in Serbia, whose voices are often excluded in such endeavors.

The “Serbia We Want” initiative is part of an unprecedented global consultation process dubbed “The World We Want 2015”.  With the aim to involve all people who are not always represented in such global policy-making processes, anyone can contribute their ideas through the global consultation platform: 

http://www.worldwewant2015.org/

In Serbia, the UN Country Team is using a series of tools and communication channels to collect different voices of as many people from Serbia as possible, including workshops, focus groups discussions, direct in-person interviews, public debates, round table discussions and other means. An online platform and a social media tool were launched 2 days ago – http://www.srbijakakvuzelim.rs/ – in order to reach a large number of young people and other social media literate citizens and solicit their direct views on the future development priorities for Serbia. Access to the online questionnaire can be obtained through the UN Country Team’s website, Facebook and Twitter pages. 

UNESCO is contributing to the consultation process at the national, regional and global levels. At the national and European levels, this work is coordinated through the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe based in Venice, Italy. Other on-going national consultation processes in this region include Albania, Montenegro, Republic of Moldova, Turkey, and Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244). 

The national-level consultations will last until end of February 2013. A summary report with the results from each participating country will be an input to the High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda (HLP), as well as to the inter-governmental debate on the post-2015 development agenda starting with the 2013 UN General Assembly. The World’s new development goals for the period following 2015, when the Millennium Development Goals are ending, will be discussed at a special meeting during the UN General Assembly in September 2015.

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