Friday, 23 May 2014

Round Table: Future Development on the International Mother Earth Day

United Nations Association of Slovenia (UNAS) celebrated the International Mother Earth Day with a round table titled “Post- 2015 – how sustainable will the future development be?"; which was held on 22 April 2014 at the Faculty of Social Sciences in Ljubljana.

In the round table, which was moderated by Ms. Maja Bučar, Vice-Dean for Research and Doctoral Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences, participated: Mr. Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for the Environment; Ambassador Mr. Jernej Videtič, Head of the Department for international development cooperation policies at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia, and Ms. Ana Kalin, Head of advocacy and policies at Sloga, the Slovenian NGO Platform for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid. At the beginning of the round table, a video statement by Mr. Kandeh K. Yumkella, Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the UN for the “Sustainable Energy for All” initiative was played.

The round table highlighted the international efforts to establish a developmental agenda for the period after 2015 and focused on the cooperation between various stakeholders involved in the process of creating the so-called Post-2015 agenda. Ms. Kalin pointed out that in the new development agenda, the question of 'what development actually is' should be put forward. She emphasised that the new development framework must be universal and a comprehensive approach is needed – which should address the causes of poverty rather than the consequences.
The speakers agreed that it is important to develop a broad debate, as the new development framework will frame the common future of humanity.

More information can be found here.

Photo by: Urška Učakar, UNAS Speakers at the round table “Post- 2015 – how sustainable will the future development be?" – from the left: Ms. Ana Kalin, Mr. Janez Potočnik, Ms. Maja Bučar, and Ambassador Mr. Jernej Videtič.

Information provided by Adriana Aralica, UNAS

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