Watch SID-CdM policy dialogue on shared societies. Launch event of Development 57.1

SID and the Club of Madrid hosted a policy dialogue (October 8th, United Nations, NY)  on the subject of 'Shared societies perspective in the post 2015 agenda in cooperation with the Permanent Mission of Italy and the Permanent Mission of Slovenia at the United Nations. More than 100 participants joined the one-hour discussion on the concept of Shared Societies and its possible contribution to the definition and implementation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Watch the meeting (UN Web TV)

The event also served to launch the special issue of the SID quarterly Journal Development,  produced on the theme of 'Shared societies' (Development, Volume 57.1), in partnership with the Club de Madrid. The discussion was introduced by Clem McCartney  (Club fo Madrid) and Sanjay Reddy (Development editorial board)  and included the interventions of two key Journal contributors, Danilo Turk, President of Slovenia 2007-2012 and Member of the Club de Madrid, and Amina Mohammed, Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General on Post-2015 Development Planning

Some key features emerged during the discussion follow below:

The connection between the Post 2015 agenda and the concept of Shared Societies is a very relevant one, not as a new element but as a theme inspiring all the process (Clem MacCartney). A common complaint about the Post 2015 agenda is the fact that it remains a list of targets and indicators and seems to lack a vision (Sanjay Reddy). The concept of  Shared Societies can provide that missing vision. Shared Societies comes along with the other concept of 'shared prosperity', as a durable and sustainable prosperity can not be achieved without the management of internal conflicts within societies (Sanjay Reddy).

The idea of Shared Societies has the same ethical roots of the MDGs and shares many elements of interrelation with the emerging new development agenda (Danilo Turk). As it is well known, sustainable development includes not only the environmental sustainability but also the economic and social dimensions and in order to achieve social sustainability one must look at the cohesion of society. The quest for greater fairness is increasing in the developing countries as well as in the rich economies. This is an economic and social issue that also includes ethical questions. It is important to take an ethical stand on that.  All these elements are well described by the idea of Shared Societies and by the 'left no one behind' ambition. (Danilo Turk).

What we need now is a shared understanding of what Shared Societies means in terms of the people and the planet in the context of a universal agenda. The Post 2015 is indeed a universal agenda with many new actors involved each of them with the own idea of what development means. Are we ready to come together as a globe? (Amina Mohammed).

Political participation, social inclusion, cohesion, social rights, equality, non discrimination, partnerships: they are all elements which are part of the concept of Shared Societies and which will need to be part of the implementation process of the post 2015 agenda (Amina Mohammed).

The success of this process will depend on if and how it will be implemented, not as a new agenda but as a transition agenda, completing the MDGs and trying to attain greater levels of ambitions and transformations. The other challenge is the accountability framework and the capacity for people and governments to keep the promises within a framework that is actually not legally binding. Differently than in the past, the great new aspect today is that members states are taking the lead, and have opened up the space to include people in the process. So the civil society and private sector have taken part into the discussion. This is important to create a process that is transparent and open (Amina Mohammed).