Priorities for the Post-2015 Agenda
Date: 10 - 11 April 2013
The Arab region has achieved progress in many MDG areas, including significant strides in health and education. However gains have been uneven, the Arab region continued to be characterized by sharp disparities between the different sub-regions, particularly between the high-income countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the Least Developed Countries (LDCs).
Progress has varied, with setbacks such as insufficient investment, global economic disruption, and conflict and instability hindering national efforts to achieve development objectives. Indeed, while several Arab countries are on track to achieve most of the MDG targets, the Least Developed Countries in the region and countries and territories experiencing conflict or occupation are unlikely to meet the majority of targets by the target year of 2015. Progress has also been uneven at sub-national levels.
In several Arab countries progress has been more rapid in urban areas than in rural areas. Inequalities in access to services and opportunities have been reflected in entrenched gaps, particularly for the poorest and those most discriminated against.
At the same time, other development needs have gained attention or become more pressing since the year 2000. Following the historic events of 2011, a new era of development policy may be arising across the region. New social compacts are being debated in which development will be framed as more than economic growth and access to social services; it will also be about justice and accountability, inclusive growth and youth employment, and resilience to ecological change and resource scarcity.
This holds important implications not only within the region itself but for the global post-2015 shift. While in 1990 a majority of the poor lived in LDCs, the majority now resides in MICs. The transformational change in the Arab region is one of the most fundamental lessons in recent history on how hard-won development gains in MICs can be derailed unless issues like accountability, equality and sustainability are engaged at the core of development policy.
The Declaration of the Arab Economic and Social Summit in January 2013 outlined a broad call among Arab governments to tackle a broad range of development issues, from employment, to gender issues, to food security, to poverty reduction and more in their pursuit of the MDGs.
The objective of the Forum is four-fold:
Arab Development Forum Report Summary
Arab Development Forum
Background Documents – Post 2015 Agenda
Reports of the United Nations Secretary-General
Millennium Development Goals - Regional Reports
MDG Gap Task Force Reports
UN task Team on the Post – 2015 Development Agenda