Monday, February 17, 2014
WHAT’S NEXT AFTER THE MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS? VISITING UK PARLIAMENTARIAN TO DEVASTATED AREAS
Beyond 2015 is a global civil society campaign, pushing for a strong and legitimate successor framework to the Millennium Development Goals. In the Philippines, twenty-five civil society organizations and social movements comprise the national hub. A consultative process participated by over two hundred CSO organizations in island-wide consultations have discussed and agreed on what the next development goals for the country must be.
To talk about the Beyond 2015 Campaign and validate the recommendations of the Philippine civil society, the Beyond 2015 Philippines National Hub will hold a bloggers conference.
In the light of Typhoon Haiyan/ Yolanda, a week-long placement was organized by the Beyond 2015 Philippine which focuses on climate change and its impact on the poor and vulnerable highlighting international solidarity and cooperation.
The visiting UK Parliamentarian is a proficient social media advocate. You can follow him on https://twitter.com/LordMcConnell. Prior his visit, he wrote a blog entry on his expectations on his placement to the Philippines. http://lordsoftheblog.net/2014/02/13/climate-change-conflict-and-poverty-a-week-of-volunteering-in-the-philippines/ where he said:
“So, why am I here? Firstly, extreme poverty is not just an African problem, it exists in Asia and elsewhere too. If we are to eradicate it by 2030 then action must be truly global. And especially in a country of this size, facing the challenges it does, a partnership between government, private sector and civic representatives is a must.
And secondly, here both climate change and conflict affect the pace of development. As I arrive, a negotiated agreement in the south of the country has held for its first weeks. There a complex clash of identities and powerful interests has claimed many lives over decades. In Mindanao the time has come for peace and political devolution.
I hope to help the Filipino organisations influence their government, and build the capacity of the local development NGOs to contribute to the global debate. And I hope to come back having learned much that I can then add to the debate on post-2015 in the UK and globally.”