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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. Targeted investments in fighting malaria, AIDS and tuberculosis have saved millions.  


The MDGs are making a real difference in people’s lives, and this progress can be expanded in most of the world’s countries by the target date of 2015 with strong leadership and accountability. After 2015, efforts to achieve a world of prosperity, equity, freedom, dignity and peace will continue unabated.


With the MDGs concluding at the end of 2015, world leaders have called for an ambitious, long-term agenda to improve people’s lives and protect the planet for future generations. This post-2015 development agenda is expected to tackle many issues, including ending poverty and hunger, improving health and education, making cities more sustainable, combating climate change, and protecting oceans and forests.


Governments are in the midst of negotiating, and civil society, young people, businesses and others are also having their say in this global conversation.World leaders are expected to adopt the agenda at the Special Summit on Sustainable Development in New York in September 2015. 


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 sustainable development agenda that is expected to be adopted by UN Member States at the Special Summit on Sustainable Development in September 2015.




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Key events in 2014 - 2015 (*Subject to change)

In the lead up to the Special Summit on Sustainable Development, the Secretary-General and UN System will keep supporting UN Member States as intergovernmental deliberations continue. Requested by UN Member States to pull together inputs from all strands on post-2015, the Secretary-General’s synthesis report, The Road to Dignity by 2030, channels the results of an unprecedented open and transparent global conversation and intergovernmental process that considered a broad range of recommendations, key reports, peoples’ voices and viewpoints from a wide swath of sectors and stakeholders. The report presents a vision for UN Member States to consider carrying forward in negotiations. Next September, world leaders are expected to agree on an historic and far-reaching agenda for the next 15 years. By 2030 we can end poverty and transform lives while protecting the planet.


The Global Conversation

To foster an inclusive global conversation, the UN Development Group has coordinated national, global and thematic consultations. To date more than 100 consultations, involving partnerships with multiple stakeholders, including local ministries, businesses and civil society groups, have been supported by the UN with more planned. Civil society organizations from all over the world continue to engage in the post-2015 process, while academia and other research institutions, including think tanks, remain particularly active.


Through the MY World survey, the United Nations global survey for a better world, millions of people have already voted on which six development issues most impact their lives, and the number of voters continues to grow. Complementing MY World is the World We Want online platform, where citizens have engaged further in the various consultations on the post-2015 development process.


At the September 2010 MDG Summit, UN Member States initiated steps towards advancing the development agenda beyond 2015. In June 2012 at Rio+20, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, UN Member States adopted ‘The Future We Want’ outcome document, which set in motion many of the inter-governmental processes for the post-2015 development agenda, including the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing, and the High-level Political Forum.


Inputs from the global conversation, consultations and other events have been included amongst the following reports presented to the UN Secretary-General and Member States:



These reports and others informed the Secretary-General’s report, “A Life of Dignity for All,” which provides a vision for bold action to achieve the MDGs and calls for a new and responsive sustainable development framework that meets the needs of both people and planet.


The Secretary-General presented his report to Member States at the Special Event towards achieving the MDGs, which was hosted by President of the UN General Assembly on 25 September 2013. In the Special Event’s outcome document adopted by Member States, world leaders renewed their commitment to meet the MDG targets and agreed to hold a Special Summit on Sustainable Development in September 2015 to adopt a new set of goals for the post-2015 development agenda. Since September 2013, many post-2015 events occurred, including:



Negotiations by UN Member States will take place regularly throughout 2015 leading up to the Special Summit on Sustainable Development, which is where world leaders will adopt the post-2015 development agenda.


For more information on the post-2015 development agenda, visit the news and resources page.