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The Post-2015 Development Agenda: Setting the Stage!

During the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly, the President, H.E. Dr. John W. Ashe and his team will work to promote greater engagement with Member States and all relevant stakeholders as we set the stage for defining the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

In this regard, Member States and other stakeholders will be encouraged to reflect on new and emerging development challenges and their implications for the two major objectives of the Post-2015 Development Agenda — overcoming poverty and insecurity, and ensuring sustainable development. Toward this end, the Office of the President of the General Assembly is committed to promoting dialogue and increasing engagement on the principles of the Millennium Declaration of 2000, with the purpose of reaffirming and re-energizing our commitments through 2015 and beyond.

With a view to promoting a world of increased opportunity for all peoples, a world of equity, freedom, dignity and peace, the Post-2015 Development Agenda will represent a significant evolution in the thinking of the international community. This new Agenda will underscore the interdependence of all the countries that comprise our planetary community, regardless of development levels. The Office of the President of the General Assembly believes that the time has come for the General Assembly — the supreme, deliberative organ of the United Nations — to exercise its collective responsibility and begin, as a matter of urgency, the process of conceptualizing one shared vision of a sustainable future for all peoples beyond the year 2015.

During the upcoming 68th Session, many of the outcomes of the Rio+20 Conference are expected to come to fruition. The Office of the President of the General Assembly will be expected to provide the leadership, guidance, and clarity necessary to promote a meaningful dialogue among Member States — one that can lead to the articulation of the new Agenda. The Office of the President of the General Assembly is committed to assisting and supporting Member States on the journey toward a clear set of priorities, fashioned with a sense of direction, purpose and commitment, for further deliberation, as necessary, in the following 69th session of the General Assembly.

In order to encourage the global community to work toward building consensus and elaborating concrete action for the implementation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda, a number of high-level meetings and thematic debates will take place. President John W. Ashe has indicated that he will host the following three high-level events:

  1. Contributions of women, the young and civil society to the post-2015 development agenda;
  2. Human rights and the rule of law in the post-2015 development agenda; and
  3. Contributions of North-South, South-South, triangular cooperation, and ICT for development to the post-2015 development agenda.

In addition to the above high-level events, the President and his team, while working in close collaboration with Member States and other stakeholders, will also convene three thematic debates on:

  1. The role of partnerships;
  2. Ensuring stable and peaceful societies; and
  3. Water, sanitation and sustainable energy in the post-2015 development agenda.

Each debate will be geared towards further elaboration of the chosen theme, as the Office of the President of the General Assembly seeks to provide “results-oriented outcomes” on these issues.

Preliminary organizational arrangements for the Post-2015 Development Agenda (5 December 2013) pdf