Homi Kharas of Pakistan was appointed as the lead author and executive secretary for the high-level panel formed by the United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to advise on the global development agenda beyond 2015, which is the target date to achieve the millennium development goals (MDGs) outlined by the UN, according to a press release from the UN in Vienna.
Poverty alleviation, gender equality, child and maternal health, environmental stability, HIV/AIDS reduction and a global partnership for development are the MDGs as agreed on by the world leaders at the UN Summit in 2000.
Kharas formerly served as a chief economist in the East Asia and Pacific region of the World Bank and is, presently, a senior fellow and deputy director for the Global Economy and Development programme of the Brookings Institution, an independent think tank from Washington. He, currently studies policies and trends influencing developing countries including aid to poor countries, the emergence of a middle class, the food crisis and global governance and the Group of 20.
Kharas will be responsible for the report of the high-level panel, tasked with providing recommendations on a global post-2015 agenda with shared responsibilities for all countries and with the fight against poverty and sustainable development at its core.
In addition to its 23 members, the panel’s three co-chairs are President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, and Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom. In addition, the UN secretary-general’s Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning Amina J Mohammed will serve on the panel.
The panel will hold its first meeting on September 25, 2012 on the margins of the annual debate of the UN General Assembly. Its report is expected to be submitted to the Secretary-General by May 31, 2013.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 21st, 2012.
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