During the 2013 edition of the Global Classroom, students and professors came together to strengthen and deepen the integration of the Master’s Programmes and Diplomas in Human Rights and Democratisation sponsored by the European Union under the aegis of the Global Campus (GC). The discussions were enriched with the participation of special lecturers including Mr. Olivier De Schutter, the UN Special Rapporteur on Food, and Mr. Christian Strohal from the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The attendants presented and discussed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the future reform of the MDGs (the Post-2015 Agenda) and analysed the impact of the MDGs in the field of Human Rights. Several initiatives have been undertaken already both globally and regionally in order to chart a way for the Post 2015 Agenda. The UN Secretary-General established the UN System Task Team on the Post 2015 – UN Development Agenda chaired by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs and the United Nations Development Programme. In July 2012, the Secretary - General launched his High-level Panel of Eminent Persons to provide guidance and recommendations on the post-2015 development agenda. The panel is chaired by the Presidents of Indonesia and Liberia and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and members include representatives from the private sector, academia, civil society and local authorities. The report of the Panel was published in May 2013.
In contribution to these ongoing developments, each of the six different regions of the Global Campus focused on these issues from within their own field of expertise, drew up a comprehensive report on the application of MDGs in their region with a focus on Human Rights and resolved to add value to proposed reform of the MDGs at the UN level.