As the 2015 target date for achieving the Millennium Development Goals approaches, there is wide debate as to what development goals the global community should set next. The United Nations Secretary-General (UNSG) Ban Ki-moon has appointed a High-level Panel to advise on the global development agenda beyond 2015. The Panel will deliver a report to the 2013 September General Assembly.

In support of this process, the United Nations Development Group is leading efforts to catalyse a “global conversation” on the post-2015 agenda through a series of global thematic consultations and more than 50 national consultations.

UNICEF and WHO have been asked to lead the UN-organized consultations on health.

Global consultation on health

The UN’s global consultation on health will take place between October 2012 and February 2013. It will include a web-based consultation; the development of a series of background papers (both on lessons learned from the current MDGs as well as future directions); and a series of consultative meetings with Member States, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), private sector partners and academic and research institutions.

The process will culminate in a high-level meeting in late February 2013, involving governments, NGO coalitions, key UN partners and members of the UNSG’s High-Level Panel. It will seek to incorporate ideas and lessons from other regional and country consultations, thereby building a powerful consensus around key issues and recommendations on health to feed into the inter-governmental process that will start later in 2013.

Call for papers: Health in the post-2015 development agenda

As part of the global health thematic consultation, interested individuals and groups are invited to submit “think pieces” on the positioning and role of health in the post-2015 agenda. The aim is to garner experiences and lessons learnt from the health-related MDGs and consider how these can be harnessed to ensure that health remains intrinsic to the new development agenda.

Manuscripts will be accepted from 5 October 2012. The final date for submissions is 15 December 2012.

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