October 29, 2013
The World We Want Executive Summary
On October 29, 2013, the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) convened 100 representatives of civil society organizations, universities, businesses, philanthropies and some UN and U.S. agencies to review and discuss the new report presented to the Secretary General of the UN titled "A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies Through Sustainable Development" — The Report of the High-Level Panel (HLP) of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

This consultation is part of an historic effort to engage citizens around the world and in eleven locations across the U.S., organized by the Chapters of the UN Association of the USA, with support from the UNA-USA Headquarters. The results of these consultations will be presented to the Secretary General to consider with leaders of all member nations of the United Nations, as they decide on the final development goals for 2015-2030. The HLP report is unique and forward thinking in two principal respects: (1) it stresses the need for economic growth with equity for all, especially for jobs, to be integrated with programs that address basic human and social needs of those trapped in poverty; and (2) it also recognizes the need to link future development programs aimed at eliminating extreme poverty, with emphasis on peacebuilding and the global environment challenges. The UN report asks all countries of the world, including the U.S. and other countries with developed economies, to analyze forthrightly their common needs to address economic, human and social needs of the poor everywhere at the local, regional, national, and global levels.

UNA-NCA, which serves it members and others in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Northern Virginia, invited local community organizations and international organizations as partners to address the development goals locally, regionally, nationally and globally, learning from each other. The UN report and the UNA-NCA consultation emphasized the importance of encouraging the responsible involvement of locally based businesses and global corporations in the private sector in partnership with the UN, the public sector and community based organizations, referred to as CBO’s or NGO’s.

The present document is an executive summary of the complete report published in December, 2013. The keynote speakers at the conference were, Kathy Calvin, President of the UN Foundation; Homi Kharas, of The Brookings Institution and the lead author of the UN report; Sam Worthington, President of Interaction; and Terri Freeman, President of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region. The speakers’ full speeches and the facilitators’ presentations summarizing the nine round table discussions, which formed an essential part of the UNA-NCA website: www.unanca.org. With its overarching mission seeking to educate and enlighten students, opinion and policy leaders, UNA-NCA is making a continuing commitment to apply the themes and goals for 2015-2030 to all of its programs such as Global Classrooms and Advocacy. We invite you to join together with us in making these goals for 2015 to 2030 apply to our own communities in the National Capital Area and the focus of support for global development programs.

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