On the ground in Liberia

This was originally posted on ONE’s Africa blog.

ONE has a team in Monrovia, Liberia’s capital city, where the UN’s High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is meeting this week.

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Building where the High Level Panel is taking place in Monrovia.

This Panel, co-chaired by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and UK Prime Minister David Cameron, contains a number of experts from all over the world that are working on creating the next set of the globe’s Millennium Development Goals, which will guide our development over the coming generation. ONE has been working with a number of partners, especially since last September’s UN meetings, to ensure that these new goals include the voices and perspectives of the world’s poorest citizens.

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And this week’s happenings in Liberia are a perfect opportunity to continue making that case. There’s a lot going on. First, we’re attending the official CSO pre-meetings to the High Level Panel yesterday and today, where CSOs from all over the world are meeting in roundtables centered around specific demographics (youth, women, the disabled, informal traders, etc.) to devise interventions to present to those panel. The CSOs will present those to the Panel tomorrow (Wednesday).

Photo caption: Promotional poster at the High Level Panel

My colleagues and I hosted a ONE Member Meet up in Monrovia this week. We were excited to meet our Liberian members and look forward to reporting out about that. In particular, we worked with them to finalize our plans for an exhibition and panel that ONE and Save The Children will host on Thursday evening. This event will explore the themes of transparency and accountability in how they can unleash the potential for the economic transformation of countries like Liberia. It’s going to be some exciting stuff!

This is all happening as ONE also prepares to launch a new campaign in South Africa tomorrow, which will recruit voices for what we like to call these MDGs 2.0. Stay tuned for more on that from my colleagues!
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