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26-27 May United Nations General Assembly informal interactive hearings on the post-2015 agenda with NGOs, CSOs, Major Groups and the private sector

UNGA4 copyright Susan Alzner webIn accordance with United Nations General Assembly resolution 69/244, informal interactive hearings on the post-2015 development agenda will take place on 26-27 May 2015, in the lead up to the UN Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 agenda (25-27 September 2015 in New York). The 26-27 May hearings are organized by the Office of the President of the General Assembly, supported by UN DESA, UN-NGLS, the Executive Office of the Secretary-General's Post-2015 Team, and the UN Global Compact, and are aimed at fostering active multi-stakeholder participation in the formulation of the agenda while ensuring regional and gender balance, as well as diversity of expertise, sectors, and age, among speakers. The two-day event will take place in the UN General Assembly Hall from 10:00am-1:00pm and 3:00-6:00pm each day, comprised of an opening segment on the morning of day one, four roundtable discussions following the roadmap of the post-2015 intergovernmental negotiations, and a closing segment at the end of day two. The outcome will be a President’s Summary to be circulated to Member States and stakeholders. The programme and concept note are available here: http://www.un.org/pga/26-270515_informal-interactive-hearings/. The significant majority of speakers were selected through an open and transparent process facilitated by UN-NGLS and DESA-DSD, in collaboration with a stakeholder Steering Committee. The full meeting will be web cast live at http://webtv.un.org/.

The Opening Ceremony of the hearings will be led by Acting President of the General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Denis G. Antoine, Permanent Representative of Grenada, and will include the participation of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon or his designated representative; H.E. Ambassador Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya to the UN and co-facilitator of the negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda; and several stakeholder speakers. The speakers for the hearings that were selected through the process facilitated by UN-NGLS and DESA-DSD are:

Mr. Tawanda Mutasah, Amnesty International
Ms. Maryanne Diamond, International Disability Alliance
Mr. Steve Lalande, International Forum of NGO Platforms, Seychelles
Mr. Jeremiah Daffa, World Wildlife Fund Tanzania
Ms. Noelene Nabulivou, Diverse Voices and Action for Equality, DAWN; Women’s Major Group
Mr. Patricio Guillermo Roulier Pazos, Climate Community
Ms. Gulalai Ismail, Aware Girls, Pakistan
Ms. Lombe Tembo, Restless Development; Children and Youth Major Group
Ms. Agnes Leina Ntikaampi, Illaramatak Community Concerns; Indigenous People’s Major Group
Ms. Nathalie Seguin, Red de Acción por el Agua (Freshwater Action Network Mexico)
Ms. Rewan Youssif, International Federation of Medical Students' Associations
Ms. Vibhuti Joshi, Centre for Community Economics and Development Consultants Society (CECOEDECON)
Ms. Sylvia Beales, HelpAge International
Mr. Mothibi Katlego-Duke, Global Shapers
Mr. Javier Pineda, LAC Youth Alliance
Sir George Alleyne, NCD Alliance
Dr. Fumiko Kasuga, International Council for Science; Scientific and Technological Community Major Group
Mr. Miguel Santibánez, Asociación chilena de ONG ACCION / Mesa de Articulación; Beyond 2015
Ms. Emilia Saiz, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), Local Authorities Major Group
Ms. Daisy Owomugasho, The Hunger Project
Mr. Sugeng Bahagijo, International NGO Forum on Indonesian Development (INFID); NGO Major Group
Mr. Edwin Gragert, Global Campaign for Education
Ms. Nana Koomah Brown-Orleans, Trade Unions Congress (TUC) Ghana; Workers and Trade Unions Major Group
Mr. Peter Mladenov, Y-PEER Bulgaria
Ms. Luisa Emilia Reyes Zúñiga, Equidad de Género: Ciudadanía, Trabajo y Familia, Mexico; Women’s Major Group
Ms. Andrea Maria Patricia Sarenas, Caucus of Development NGO Networks, Phillipines
Ms. Zubaida Akbar, Save the Children International, Afghanistan
Mr. John Romano, Transparency, Accountability and Participation (TAP) Network
Mr. Walter Velasquez Alvarado, ATD Fourth World, Peru
Ms. Robynne Anderson, International AgriFood Network; Business and Industry Major Group

In addition, the Office of the President of the General Assembly invited the following speakers to participate in the hearings:

Ms. Heather Grady, Vice President, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
Mr. Rajiv Joshi, Managing Director, The B Team
Ms. Shantal Munro-Knight, Caribbean Policy Development Centre
Mr. Igor Runov, International Road Transport Union; Business and Industry Major Group
Ms. Anastasia L. Thatcher, Accenture Development Partnerships
Mr. Amir Dossal, Global Partnerships Forum
Dr. Mercy Ahun, GAVI - The Vaccine Alliance

The full programme and concept note for the hearings are available here: http://www.un.org/pga/26-270515_informal-interactive-hearings/.

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