Mr. Quesada lead today’s discussion by illustrating the dangers of averages. Very often, aggregates hide the reality of the diverse communities within each district. What happens is that measurements such as the average years of education become distorted, and aid cannot be distributed according to appropriate need. Mr. Clarken then presented Oxfam’s work in statistics that highlight the drastic poverty in our world.
Mr. Klisovic offered insight into the issue of communication with the new agenda using his own country, Croatia. Croatia ensures that membership touches every citizen because they individualize the process. People must care about the issues and the development agenda because then they will talk about it, think about it, and understand it. To engage stakeholders in this agenda, they must feel like they are the owners of the process.
Mr. Davies talked about Whales and it priority for sustainable development and youth. The mindset of the people is represented by “One Wales, One Planet,” and “The Wales we want.” Wales has already initiated a well being of future generations act. This act introduces a future generation’s commissioner who will be an advocate and voice of future generations. Ms. Johanne Trauernicht-Jordan ended the discussion with the importance of youth. “With the input and ideas of young people which we call the ‘torchbearers’ we can ensure that our children understand and have the capacity to achieve sustainable development goals.”
Meeting: Ministerial meeting of the high-level political forum on sustainable development
Date & Location: 7 July 2015; 10:00-13:00; Trusteeship Council Chambers, UN Headquarters, New York
Speakers: Carlos Quesada, Minister of Social Development; Jim Clarken, Executive Director of Oxfam; Josko Kilsovic, Deputy Minister of Foreign and European Affairs; Peter Davies, Wales Commissioner for Sustainable Futures; Brigitte Johanne Trauernicht-Jordan, Vice President, SOS Children’s Villages International
Written By WIT Representatives: Melissa Chan, Ariel Granat, Laurence Hochman
Edited By WIT Representative: Parth Shingala