In 2000, at the Millennium Summit, the leaders and heads of the UN member states adopted the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) (http://un.by/ru/undp/milleniumgoals). They include eight specific goals aimed at eradicating poverty and hunger, reducing maternal and child mortality rates, combating infectious diseases, promoting gender equality, achieving universal primary education, protecting the environment and ensuring access to clean water and basic sanitation.
In 2000, at the Millennium Summit, the leaders and heads of the UN member states adopted the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) (http://un.by/ru/undp/milleniumgoals). They include eight specific goals aimed at eradicating poverty and hunger, reducing maternal and child mortality rates, combating infectious diseases, promoting gender equality, achieving universal primary education, protecting the environment and ensuring access to clean water and basic sanitation. These goals should be achieved by the year 2015. Leading up to 2015, the UN is conducting a series of consultations that aim to build consensus between people, communities, cities, countries and stakeholders, and to come to an understanding what the future development agenda should look like beyond the year 2015. The consultations are specifically designed to include groups that do not traditionally participate in multilateral negotiations, such as youth, people with disabilities and others. The outcomes of the consultations held in the UN member states will be reflected in a global report to the UN General Assembly in September of 2013.
Consultations of this kind will be organized in the Republic of Belarus. Children and adolescents will be able to take an active part in consultations and express their opinions on issues of most concern in the development agenda beyond 2015. Discussion with children and adolescents will be held in the form of an online survey and interactive seminars in 10 cities that had joined the UNICEF Child Friendly Cities' Initiative global initiative. It is expected that the seminars will be attended by representatives of children's and youth parliaments/councils, children from large families, orphans, as well as mentally or physically challenged children.
The seminars will continue reviewing the progress towards the MDGs implementation and discuss high–priority directions of cooperation beyond in such topical areas as:
- inclusive social development (the topic may include issues of health, education, social protection, surpassing inequality, particularly between men and women);
- environmental sustainability (access to energy and drinking water);
- inclusive economic development (economic growth and employment);
- peace and security (conflicts and instability, food safety and nutrition, urbanization, governance, trends of population growth, internal and external migration).
Further information concerning the global consultations is available at www.worldwewant2015.org/sitemap.
We invite children and adolescents from all regions of the Republic of Belarus to express their opinions, make proposals on the key issues of the global development agenda beyond 2015, take part in interactive seminars and try to answer the following questions:
1. What MDGs are of concern for children and adolescents around the globe, and in Belarus in particular? Why?
2. What MDGs are of concern for you? Why
3. Are there any issues that are not covered in MDGs, but are of concern for you? What are they?
4. What actions should the global community make to fully achieve the MDGs?
5. What social and economic development do you see for yourself, your peers and next generations?
6. What are you prepared to do personally for development of children and adolescents around the globe?