Global Development After 2015: Agenda

Global Development After 2015

The Role of Foundations and Civil Society

On Friday 27 September in New York, WINGS will join the United Nations Development Programme, the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, OECD netFWD and the European Foundation Centre in a conversation on how civil society and foundations can influence the next global development agenda and spur coordinated action to advance new goals. See the agenda below.

2015 marks the deadline for achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, a global effort to fulfill the rights of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people. But the focus has already shifted beyond that deadline to the next generation of development priorities. As the United Nations and world leaders plan the next steps in the process, how can foundations, civil society and other key players work together to help shape a collective and inclusive vision that will ensure meaningful change?

Friday’s conversation will explore key areas where civil society, foundations, the UN, and government leaders can best collaborate to advance a new global development agenda and explore strategies for further engagement and cooperation on this process.

8:00 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 am

Welcome Remarks

Darren Walker
President, Ford Foundation

Paul Ladd
UNDP Senior Adviser and Team Leader, UNDG Post-2015 Team

9:15 am

Perspectives on the Post-2015 Development Agenda

What is the prevailing vision for the post-2015 development agenda and Sustainable Development Goals that emerged from the Rio+20 conference? Is it a vision shared by key players from civil society, philanthropy, government, business and other sectors? How can we ensure that those with different perspectives and aspirations have opportunities to exchange views, build on experiences and best practices, and collaborate to influence the intergovernmental negotiations?

Moderator: Ms. Heather Grady, Vice President, Rockefeller Foundation


H.E. Mr. Csaba Kőrösi, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of Hungary to the United Nations; co-chair of the Open Working Group (OWG)

Ms. Alexandra Garita, Executive Coordinator, Realizing Sexual and Reproductive Justice (RESURJ)

Dr. Rodrigo Guerrero Velasco, Mayor of Cali, Colombia

Ms. Theo Sowa, Chair of the African Grantmakers Network

10:15 am


10:45 am

Breakout Discussions

These interactive sessions aim to promote further collaboration and conversation after the conclusion of this event. Organized around four high-priority themes, participants will share updates on the post-2015 development dialogue, identify shared interests, agree on key strategic points to advance the process, and present new and innovative ways of tackling development challenges through collective action.

The four high-priority themes that are amongst a number to have emerged from the U.N.-facilitated “Global Conversation about Post 2015” are as follows:

Sustainable Urban Development

Moderator: Mr. Kodjo Mensah-Abrampa, Policy Advisor on Local Governance, UNDP


Mr. Don Chen, Senior Program Officer, Ford Foundation

Mr. Hank Dittmar, Chief Executive, The Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment

Mr. Benjamin Bradlow, Deputy Manager, Secretariat of Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI)

Participation in Governance and Political Processes

Moderator: Ms. Bathylle Missika, Deputy Head, Policy Dialogue Division, OECD Development Centre


Mr. Patrick Keuleers, Officer-in-Charge of the Democratic Governance Practice, UNDP

Mr. Erik Lundsgaarde, Senior Researcher, German Development Institute

Mr. Steven Lawrence, Director of Research, The Foundation Center

Ms. Nathalie Delapalme, Executive Director, Research and Policy, Mo Ibrahim Foundation

Mr. Frank DeGiovanni, Director of Financial Assets, Ford Foundation

Mr. Theo Sowa, Chair, African Grantmakers Network

Conflict and Security

Moderator: Mr. Ivan Vejvoda, Vice President, German Marshall Fund of the United States


Mr. Steve Killelea, Founder and Executive Chairman, Institute for Economics and Peace

Mr. Alix Cantave, Program Officer-Haiti, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Mr. Samuel Doe, Senior Adviser, UNDP Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery

Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro, President and CEO, Global Fund for Women

Environmental Sustainability

Moderator: Mr. George Bouma, Co-director, UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Initiative


Wael Hmaidan, Director, Climate Action Network-International

H.E. Ronald Jumeau, Ambassador for Climate Change and Small Island Developing States Issues, Republic of Seychelles

Dr. Cristina Rumbaitis del Rio, Senior Associate Director, Rockefeller Foundation

12:30 pm


1:30 pm

Moving Forward and Next Steps

Moderator: Mr. Marcos Neto, Cluster Leader, Bureau for External Relations and Advocacy, UNDP

2:00 pm

Closing Remarks

Ms. Heather Grady, Vice President, Rockefeller Foundation

A portion of the event, hosted by the Ford Foundation, will be available via live stream. Follow the conversation on Twitter with #phil2015.

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