The debate on what will follow the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which expire in 2015, is currently taking place. The United Nations (UN) have held and supported a series of consultations worldwide to promote discussion involving all key stakeholders, providing inputs and ideas on what should happen Post-2015. This is called the Post-2015 process.
Recent Developments and New Documents
The UN is working with governments, civil society and other partners to build on the progress made on the MDGs and carry on with a post-2015 development agenda. Responding to Member States’ call for an open and inclusive consultation process on the new framework involving civil society, the private sector, academia and research institutions from all regions, the UN has set up a series of consultations at the national and global level as well as thematic consultations. Here is a summary of recent developments in these global discussions and its outcomes.
The Millennium Development Goals Report 2013 was launched on 1 July by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The report is an annual assessment of global and regional progress towards the Goals, reflecting the most comprehensive, up-to-date data compiled by a large number of international organisations within and outside the UN system.
On the 25 June the Council of the European Union adopted conclusions on “The Overarching Post 2015 Agenda”, which underlines the need to fully integrate all relevant international processes, in particular the work on the Review of the MDGs and the work of the Open Working Group for the elaboration of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into one coherent process.
The Fourth Session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals was held on 17-19 June in New York. The meeting focused on: a) employment and decent work for all, social protection, youth, education and culture; b) health, population dynamics.
On the 13 June, the European Parliament adopted a report on the “Millennium Development Goals – defining the post-2015 framework?” urging the European Union to lead with one strong voice during the discussions on the post-2015 framework and to adopt a common, effective and ambitious position on the principles and goals that should be part of the new post-2015 development framework. The document also states that there must be a single, comprehensive and integrated framework, with clear benchmarks incorporating the key development and sustainability issues, and this framework must be universal in nature, promoting prosperity, human rights and well-being for all.
On the 30 May, the United Nations Secretary General’s High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda released their report on the global development framework beyond 2015, as an input to Member State deliberations and to the Report of the United Nations Secretary-General to be submitted for consideration by the 68th General Assembly, in September 2013, on the occasion of the special event to be held by the President of the General Assembly. The report, titled “A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies through Sustainable Development” sets out a universal agenda to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030 and deliver on the promise of sustainable development.
On the 2nd May the CONCORD’s Beyond 2015 European Taskforce presented its position paper “Putting People and Planet First – Business as Usual is Not an Option”. The position proposes that human rights and a focus on the multidimensional scope of poverty be at the centre of the new development agenda. It also urges world leaders to design a universal Post-2015 framework, with global goals pertaining to all countries and all countries contributing to their achievement.
MY World, the United Nations global survey for a better world submitted a summary of its results to the Secretary General’s High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development in May. A good education, better health care and an honest and responsive government were the top priorities for the half a million citizens participating in the survey.
The Third Session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals was held in New York on 22-24 May, focusing on the following themes: a) food security and nutrition, sustainable agriculture; b) desertification, land degradation and drought; c) water and sanitation.
Summary: MY World is a global survey asking you to choose your priorities for a better world. After presenting the results with the High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda in May, MY World will continue gathering people’s voices up to 2015 and sharing with the UN Secretary General and global leaders as they prepare the next development agenda.
Share your vote on the priorities for a better world here
World We Want 2015 web platform
Summary: Citizens and stakeholders worldwide are invited to contribute to the discussions on the post-2015 development process.
UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) Civil Society Consultation Summary: At the request of the Executive Office of the Secretary General, the UN-NGLS is facilitating a consultation to gather critical analysis from civil society on the reports submitted to UN Secretary General on the Post-2015. Findings from the consultation will be delivered to the UN Secretary General, Heads of State and Government attending the UN General Assembly and the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals.
UN CSD Major Group for Children and Youth
Summary: In July, the MGCY will launch two consultations, one on children and one on youth. The overall aim of the consultations is to gather valuable inputs on the engagement and role of children and youth in setting the new global development agenda. The results of the consultations will be used by the MGCY in its policy formulation as well as advocacy work for the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals and the High Level Political Forum.
Youth consultations on the post 2015 process
Join the conversations and share your view on a Post-2015 framework here
25 September 2013: UN 68th General Assembly’s Special Event on the MDGs.
25-27 November: Fifth Meeting of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, focusing on the following themes: a) sustained and inclusive economic growth, macroeconomic policy questions; b) infrastructure development; c) energy.
9-13 December: Sixth Meeting of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, focusing on the following themes: a) means of implementation, global partnership for achieving sustainable development; b) needs of countries in special situations, African countries, LDCs, LLDCs, and SIDS as well as specific challenges facing the middle-income countries; c) human rights, the right to development, global governance.