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What next after the Millennium Development Goals? "Beyond 2015" letter to the UN Secretary General

What next after the Millennium Development Goals? "Beyond 2015" letter to the UN Secretary General

Directors of 64 organisations (36 Southern and 28 Northern) from 33 countries, among them the Medicus Mundi International Network, sent a letter on behalf of the Beyond 2015 campaign to the UN Secretary General on 19 October 2011.

The aim of the letter was to share with the UNSG a number of recommendations and action points that would maximise the chances of a UN-led post-2015 agreement meeting the Beyond 2015 "essential must-haves" of leadership, substance, accountability and legitimacy.

As such the letter encouraged the Secretary General to provide his personal leadership on the post-2015 agenda, to lay out his vision for the process in a detailed roadmap, and welcomed the Secretary General’s commitment towards a process open to a multi-stakeholder participation.

As far as the post-2015 planning process is concerned, the signatories of the letter asked the SG to consider the prompt creation of an Independent Commission to overview and manage the whole process, and to provide this body with the necessary strength and visibility by appointing as its chair a former President of an emerging or developing country personally involved in the fight against poverty.

These recommendations stem from the paper “Towards a successor framework to the Millennium Development Goals: Next steps for the United Nations”. This report was drafted by Beyond 2015 and was sent attached to the letter to Mr Ban Ki-moon.

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