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1 Zahidul A. Huque UNFPA Representative for Turkey Country Director for Armenia, Azerbaijan & Georgia This presentation is made on behalf of UN Country Team, Turkey

2 United Nations launched a substantive and inclusive process to define Post-2015 Development Agenda owned by all players. The post-2015 debate is informed by inputs and ideas from a broad base of civil society, marginalized groups, and others previously left out of discussions on development priorities. ‘’Let us develop a new generation of sustainable development goals to pick up where the MDGs leave off. Let us agree on the means to achieve them.” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon (

3 Thematic areasLead UN agencies InequalitiesUNICEF HealthWHO EducationUNICEF Growth & employmentILO Environmental sustainabilityUNDP Food security & nutritionFAO GovernanceUNDP Conflict & fragilityIOM Population dynamicsUNFPA

4 9 Thematic meetings were organized at national level, led by UN agencies. 4 regional meetings, which covered 9 cities and surrounding areas. This was co-led by Resident Coordinator’s office and the Ministry of Development. 4 Youth summits; 1260 stakeholders participated in consultation meetings: 556 CSO representatives 442 Youth representatives 164 academicians, and 98 governmental institutions. 59% women and 41% men.

5  We made special efforts to talk with the most marginalized groups in the country, such as women in the shelters and disabled people.  We tried to reach representatives from different parts of Turkey in order to have a variety of voices and priorities of different stakeholders and to better understand their concerns.

6 With Resident Coordinator’s participation, 5 university meetings were organized students, 55 academicians attended.

7 A Post2015Turkey.org –website was developed and an online survey during October 15 –February 15, 2013 was conducted, seeking inputs for the Post2015 agenda. Through online survey, 1,656 people were reached.

8 Through snap shot of street voices, we did street interviews with more than 20 people. Interviews were mainly conducted with young people and women, and made into a simple short film.

9 ‘’ In 2015, I want a world where women are not killed, murders of women are not normalized and women have representation in daily life and politics.‘’ -A university student, National Consultation Process Street Interviews, Ankara

10 ‘’May there be no worker without insurance in the post-2015 period‘’ -A taxi driver, National Consultation Process Street Interviews, Ankara

11 ‘’I wish that the year 2015 will be one in which eternal and lasting peace that Kant expressed two centuries ago but remained unachieved so far will be realized. ‘’ -A student during National Consultation Process Street Interviews, Ankara

12 With UNV Post2015 national coordinator’s initiation and organization, an Online photo sharing and networking campaign was done; campaign was announced on social media, asking for photo contributions relating to 9 thematic areas. Photos were uploaded using the hashtag Post2015.The best 100 photos were displayed during the First Validation Meeting held in Ankara on 7 th of March. Post-2015 First Validation Meeting, Ankara

13 First Validation Meeting: March 7 th 2013, Ankara)  UN Turkey organized a First Validation Meeting to share the outcomes of the consultation process up to date;  Participated by all UN agencies, Resident Coordinator and other stakeholders who had contributed to the consultations;  The Mayor of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality who is a member of the High Level Panel for Post2015 consultations participated in the validation meeting;

14 Emerging Themes and Priorities Among regional meetings, there were different as well as similar themes emerging: for instance “urban sprawl” and governance among the CSO’s and local governments were one of the main issues emerged at each regional meeting. In the University visits, the emerging themes and priorities were: Gender (domestic violence and child marriage); Social inequalities and exclusion (empowerment of poor and marginalized groups in the decision making processes); Good governance; Sustainable human development ( economic, social and environmental dimensions, green growth); youth and volunteerism; security and peace. The thematic national consultation meetings showed that, each theme has its own emerging salient features for the Turkish community. For more details you may find issue papers of each thematic meeting by visiting website.

15 The Consultation Process in Turkey Lessons Learned: Diversity in participation brought deeper analysis to various issues National and regional priorities both diverge and converge; The most important lesson is that to take a holistic view that cuts across all themes when identifying sustainable development goals;

16 The Consultation Process in Turkey Key Challenges: Social and gender inequalities, and discrimination on the ground of sexual orientation, gender or disability came out as prominent challenges; Poverty of vulnerable groups, such as women, children, unemployed youth, rural agriculture workers and disable people is an emerging priority for 2015 development agenda;

17 The Consultation Process in Turkey Feedback: General feedback from the stakeholders has been positive, and many feel that they have been heard and were give a platform to contribute. The greatest achievement, in our opinion, has been bringing on board everyone to discuss development issues and their perceptions of development priorities. This has been a real eye opener.


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