Efforts now underway to renew the global partnership for development are taking place in a very different world from the one that gave rise to the Millennium Development Goals at the turn of the century.

The recent confluence of global crises (economic, financial, food, energy and climate crises) served as stark reminders that business as usual is no longer an option. There is an urgent need for new economic approaches for a coherent post-2015 development agenda capable of tackling these multiple challenges - manifest notably in rising inequalities, persistent high unemployment, growing economic insecurity and environmental disasters.

With a view to advancing the global debate on these issues, the Public Symposium will address the following:


Macroeconomic and financial governance on the road to 2015

The moderated plenary session of the first day will discuss challenges and opportunities in creating a global partnership for development that could support a new deal to build truly inclusive and sustainable outcomes in countries at all levels of development.

More specifically, sessions on this first day will address different perspectives on how to establish better economic governance of a world that is growing both more interdependent and more unequal - a world that faces a series of challenges, including longstanding systemic issues affecting the right to development, such as boom-bust cycles and persistent decent job deficits.

The session will explore concrete steps at national, regional and global levels that could stabilize and redirect finance towards investments in productive employment and environmental sustainability.


Trade and investment rules for inclusive and sustainable development

Building on the discussions of the first day, the second moderated plenary meeting will focus on specific trade, technology and investment policy questions (including policy space issues) that need to be addressed at the national and international level to bring about a more balanced world economy.

The objective is to identify emerging best practices in the respective policy areas, including trade and investment policies and rules supporting sustainable development strategies, the management of international production networks, food security issues, aid for trade and regional cooperation.

This session will have a fresh look at a range of sectorial policies (including agriculture, services, environment and natural resources, and technology) that have potential to foster greater poverty reduction, decent job creation, gender equality, youth empowerment and access to essential services.