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By Israel Goodway
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As part of its efforts to develop an inclusive post-2015 development agenda, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Millennium Development Goals, Dr Precious Kalamba Gbeneol has announced that her office in collaboration with the United Nations System in Nigeria is organising a stakeholders' consultative forum.

The stakeholders' meeting which holds at the Ladi Kwali Hall in Sheraton Hotels, Abuja on Monday, 18th and Tuesday 19th February, 2013 will be chaired by Distinguished Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, Secretary to the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, while a keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, Coordinating Minister of the economy and Member, United Nations High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

The consultative forum is in response to the demand by the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon from member countries to aggregate their development aspirations into national frameworks that will feed into a global Post-2015 Development Agenda.

It is expected that the outcome of the consultative forum will form the aspiration of Nigerians that will be incorporated in the inclusive Post-2015 Development Agenda being championed by the United Nations.

According to Gbeneol, “the aim of the proposed thematic and sub-national consultations therefore is to formulate a Post-2015 Development Agenda that will reflect the specific experience and true aspirations of Nigerians for subsequent inclusion in the global Post-MDGs Development Agenda”.

Participants will also be required to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the MDGs framework in Nigeria while recommending proven methods to accelerate progress against the MDGs, ensure a participatory and inclusive approach in the discussions leading to the formulation of Nigeria's position that will feed into a global Post-MDGs Development Agenda and formulate a validated and widely accepted Post-2015 Development Agenda that will form Nigeria's policy thrust for a Post-MDGs planning framework.

The forum is designed to involve sub-national structures while placing a premium on themes that have direct relevance to the three dimensions of development: economic, social and environmental. Attention will be paid to emerging challenges like peace and security, natural disasters, economic instability and regionalism.