Enormous progress has been made towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals, (MDGs). Global poverty continues to decline, more children than ever are attending primary school, child deaths have dropped dramatically, access to safe drinking water has been greatly expanded, and targeted investments in fighting malaria, AIDS and tuberculosis have saved millions.
The MDGs are making a real difference in people’s lives and, with strong leadership and accountability, this progress can be expanded in most of the world’s countries by the target date of 2015.
After 2015, efforts to achieve a world of prosperity, equity, freedom, dignity and peace will continue unabated.
The UN is 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.
At the September 2010 MDG Summit, UN Member States initiated steps towards advancing the development agenda beyond 2015 and are now leading a process of open, inclusive consultations on the post-2015 agenda. Civil society organizations from all over the world have also begun to engage in the post-2015 process, while academia and other research institutions, including think tanks, are particularly active. The set of eleven global thematic consultations and national consultations in over 60 countries is facilitated by the United Nations Development Group and involves partnership with multiple stakeholders.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has established a UN System Task Team to coordinate preparations for beyond 2015. In July 2012, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the 27 members of a High-level Panel to advise on the global development framework beyond 2015. President Yudoyono of Indonesia, President Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia and Prime Minister Cameron of the United Kingdom are co-chairs of the Panel, made up of civil society, private sector and government leaders. The work of the Panel will reflect new development challenges while also drawing on experience gained from the MDGs. Results from the global consultations and the inputs from online and offline platforms, (the World We Want and MY World), will feed into the work of the High-level Panel. The Panel will deliver its report to the Secretary-General in May 2013.
The MY World survey is the United Nations global survey for a better world. Citizens have the ability to vote on which six development issues most impact their lives. Complementing the MY World survey is the World We Want platform, where citizens may engage further in the various consultations taking place on the post-2015 development process.
The post-2015 agenda will reflect new development challenges and is linked to the outcome of “Rio+20” -- the UN Conference on Sustainable Development -- that took place in June 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The outcome document, “The Future We Want,” called for the creation of an intergovernmental Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (OWG) to develop a proposal for consideration by the 68th session of the General Assembly. The work of both the High-level Panel and the Open Working Group will strive to form a single development framework with poverty reduction and sustainable development at its core.