Tajikistan looks beyond the MDGs to help shape the post-2015 global development agenda

A nationwide consultation process in Tajikistan on the post-2015 development agenda concluded on 12 April 2013 with a meeting at the Strategic Research Centre co-chaired by Ms Fatima Muminova, Deputy Chairman at the Centre, and Mr Pavel Ursu, WHO Country Representative in Tajikistan.

While already looking beyond 2015, the meeting also drew attention to the 1000 days of action still remaining before the 2015 target for the Millennium Development Goals. In emphasizing the importance of the work left to be done, Mr Ursu said “Undoubtedly, the MDGs are making a real difference in people’s lives and, with strong leadership and accountability, this progress can be expanded in Tajikistan by the target date of 2015. We must double our efforts to achieve a world of prosperity, equity, freedom, dignity and peace.”

National consultation process

Proposals for the post-2015 development agenda have been collected from government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, civil society, minority and marginalized groups, youth, as well as the private sector through various channels, including an online survey, workshops, public debates, discussions, interviews and social media.

The consultation process has served to sensitize participants and promote dialogue to ensure wider and deeper national participation in global processes, but with a domestic perspective. This process is intended to pave the way for an extensive programme called the “Tajikistan We Want”, which will address development needs within the country beyond 2015.

Outcome 

The outcome of the national consultations will reflect new development challenges while also drawing on experience gained in pursuing the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets for 2015, both in terms of results achieved and areas in need of improvement. 

The Post 2015 Consultations team will submit a report containing recommendations to the United Nations Secretary-General in May 2013.

As a whole, the consultations have demonstrated an appetite for social and economic progress, including women’s empowerment, labour migration, greater employment and entrepreneurial opportunities and an improved financial system to promote development.