The eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – which range from halving extreme poverty rates to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015 – form a blueprint agreed to by all the world’s countries and all the world’s leading development institutions. They have galvanized unprecedented efforts to meet the needs of the world’s poorest. The UN is also working with governments, civil society and other partners to build on the momentum generated by the MDGs and carry on with an ambitious post-2015 development agenda. From this site, explore the efforts of the UN and its partners for building a better world. ... more
News on Post-2015 development process
The Open Working Group (OWG) on the Sustainable Development Goals identified 19 focus-areas for sustainable development that could help the international community build on the progress of the MDGs, beyond 2015. From now through 14 March, the World We Want platform invites you to share feedback on the OWG’s focus-areas document. Submissions in the online conversation will be made available to the OWG Co-chairs.
The Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing is responsible for proposing ways to help mobilize the financial resources needed for achieving sustainable development objectives. The Committee is holding its Third Session from 3-7 March, which includes an interactive multi-stakeholder dialogue with NGOs, the private sector and Major Groups. The Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals is holding its Ninth Session from 3-5 March.
Guided by the principle of establishing an inclusive intergovernmental process open to all stakeholders, the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals have successfully identified key focus-areas for building on the progress of the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals, and for addressing emerging global challenges in the post-2015 development agenda. (Note: OWG focus-areas)
The President of the UN General Assembly opened the first of his thematic debates on the post-2015 development agenda, focusing on water, sanitation and energy. “Eradicating extreme poverty is our most urgent priority, sustainable development our guide. Universal access to safe water, sanitation and energy will be critical”, the UN Secretary-General said. The two-day event brings together government officials, civil society and UN leadership.
The UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth helped launch a new crowdsourcing initiative for youth to participate in the post-2015 development process. Developed in partnership with UN entities, youth groups and NGOs, ‘The Global Partnership for Youth’ will work to identify youth perspectives and advocate for these to be reflected in the post-2015 development agenda.
The UN Special Advisor on Post-2015 Development Planning, Amina J. Mohammed, addressed a special event for the Fifty-Second Session of the Commission for Social Development. In discussing the post-2015 development process, Amina Mohammed said, “Ours is the first generation with the resources and know-how to end extreme poverty and put our planet on a sustainable development course before it is too late.”
During the eighth Open Working Group (OWG) session at the United Nations, Member States and stakeholders discussed ways to promote such issues as gender equality, biodiversity and governance in the future sustainable development goals. “Almost one productive year has passed in which we have done some deep reflection together, and now we begin crafting a proposal on sustainable development goals,” said the OWG co-chairs.
At an interactive briefing about the post-2015 development agenda, General Assembly President John Ashe and UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson listened to the concerns of a diverse group of global civil society representatives. “You are important contributors to the multilateral system tasked with ensuring that the marginalized and vulnerable of this world are not forgotten,” President Ashe said.
The global consultations for the post-2015 development agenda continue to provide voices and evidence to the post-2015 intergovernmental process.
In a special interview, UNDP shares news about the next round of global consultations facilitated by the UN Development Group (UNDG), the added value of their focus on means of implementation, and how civil society will be able to engage.
UNDP’s new report, Humanity Divided: Confronting Inequality in Developing Countries, reveals that income inequality increased by 11 per cent in 15 countries over the two decades between 1990 and 2010.
Member States at the seventh session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) discussed the role of sustainable cities, sustainable consumption and climate change mitigation within the context of the next international development framework following the Millennium Development Goals.
The sixth session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) carefully considered how a new set of ambitious development goals are to be achieved in terms of political will, financing, technology, capacity building and partnerships, policies and institutions. Member States also discussed how to improve MDG 8, on the global partnership for development.
The most recent session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) focused on sustained and inclusive growth, industrialization and infrastructure development. As part of its task with preparing a proposal on the SDGs, the 30-member Open Working Group (OWG) of the General Assembly is holding inclusive meetings with major groups and stakeholders on the post-2015 development agenda.
UN-NGLS is pleased to launch the second issue of its Post-2015 Primer Series, focusing on the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
World Bank/Allison Kwesell
In a joint statement, United Nations entities urged countries to ensure that the post-2015 development agenda addresses inequalities in access to basic services, such as water and sanitation.
The President of the General Assembly and Government leaders weighed in at the General Debate on how to shape the world’s development strategy for the period after the 2015 target date of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Learn more.
Amina J. Mohammed
In a new article, the UN Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning shares how the MDGs Special Event on 25 September 2013 provides the opportunity to set a course for the post-2015 development agenda. Read more.
For almost one year, over one million people have engaged in 88 national consultations, 11 thematic dialogues and the MY World global survey.
A new report by the UN Development Group presents the findings from the global conversation and outlines some of the ways the UN is engaging with global citizens.
Thousands of young people from all over the world have participated in the 'Global Youth Summit: BYND 2015’ in Costa Rica.
Youth groups highlighted their priorities to help shape the post-2015 development agenda. Learn more.
Ministers and high-level representatives from Asia and the Pacific have adopted the ‘Bangkok Declaration of the Asia-Pacific region on the United Nations Development Agenda beyond 2015’. The Declaration will be shared as a key regional input to the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals at the General Assembly in September 2013.
A conversation on post-2015 processes
In an interview with UN Radio, the UN Secretary-General's Special Advisor on Post-2015 Development Planning, Ms. Amina Mohamed, summarizes key findings from the latest report of the Secretary-General, titled “A Life of Dignity for All”. Listen here.
Ms. Mohamed discusses how governments and societies must dig deeper to achieve sustainable development and dignity for all.