Iraq’s Future: Post-2015 Development Agenda

Iraqis came together on Sunday to agree on their country’s most pressing needs, and send a message to the international community on what issues should be prioritised after 2015.

With only two years remaining before the deadline of the Millennium Declaration Goals (MDGs), the UN is consulting with a wide range of Iraqi civil society, persons living with disabilities, academia, women and youth groups to add their voices to the global conversation on what issues the international community should prioritise beyond 2015.

“The importance of making this a civil society-led process cannot be understated,” explained Jacqueline Badcock, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in Iraq. “The concerns of the most vulnerable, persons living with disabilities, women and youth are often drowned out. This series of consultations has ensured the voiceless are given a voice.”

The MDGs were established in 2000 to respond to the world’s greatest development challenges. They set concrete targets around which global efforts could be mobilised. Despite an increase in the level of income in Iraq, significant improvements are needed to address the needs of vulnerable groups including unemployment, gender-equality, food-security and environmental sustainability.

Iraq’s Minister of Planning, Dr. Ali Shukri, noted “We have made excellent progress in mapping and measuring progress related to the MDGs in Iraq. We look forward to working with our partners in the UN Development Programme to continue strengthening Iraq’s ability to track progress and identify where more work needs to be done.”

The UN designed the consultation process in Iraq to specifically hear from those who have traditionally been excluded from or underrepresented in the development process. Agreeing on priorities for a new global development agenda must be based on an open, inclusive, transparent process hearing from private individuals, to complement on-going inter-governmental discussions.

Civil society groups made the process possible by reviewing and validating recommendations from consultations held in Basrah, Baghdad and Erbil, on employment generation, political inclusion, access to basic services, and the management of natural resources.

(Source: UNAMI)

One Response to Iraq’s Future: Post-2015 Development Agenda

  1. Lorenzo May 14, 2013 at 7:32 pm #

    I have a very clear picture of what in the mid term Iraq needs or the following:
    1. Declare war to corruption and nepotism – All Iraqis citizens are equal in front of the law, abolish political inmunity
    2. Invest 30% of the oil money or budget to education at all levels. This is the best investment that the oil moneys can make. The return to the Iraqi society is so huge that politicians should give explanations why other topics are more important than education. Education will mean freedom of mind, speech and democrqcy without the needs of 100% detailed control of religious or political forces.
    3. Invest 20% of the oil money in creating meaningfull jobs for people below 30 years. The days where Iraqi youth had no other alternatives than army, police, mosques or going abroad are over. Jobs outside the government should decrease and jobs in the private sector increase
    4. Invest 20% of the oil money in social infrastructure or pensions and healthcare. The oil is for the Iraqi people, invest it in areas where the Iraqi society needs more
    5. Reshape 20& of the budget or oil money to security in Iraq. This is not the same as F-16 planes, submarines, tanks or else but security for the citizens of Iraq no matter region or religion
    6. Use the remaining 30% to all other

    Challenge your politician with above priorities and ask him to motivate which other priorities are better than above.