Post 2015 Development Agenda


 “World leaders have an unprecedented opportunity this year to shift the world onto a path of inclusive, sustainable, and resilient development" - Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator, January 2015

What is the post-2015 development agenda?
The new post-2015 development agenda builds on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight anti-poverty targets that the world committed to achieving by 2015. Enormous progress has been made towards the goals, showing the value of a unifying agenda underpinned by goals and targets. Yet despite this progress, the indignity of poverty has not been ended for all.

The members of the United Nations are now in the process of defining Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of the new agenda that must finish the job of the MDGs and leave no one behind.  

This agenda will be adopted by Member States at the Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015.

What are the proposed 17 Sustainable Development Goals?

  1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture
  3. Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages
  4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
  7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
  8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all
  9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation, and foster innovation
  10. Reduce inequality within and among countries
  11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts (taking note of agreements made by the UNFCCC forum)
  14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
  15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification and halt and reverse land degradation, and halt biodiversity loss
  16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
  17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development

Key Publications:

• UNDG: Delivering the Post-2015 Development Agenda, September 2014

• OWG: Outcome Document, July 2014 

• UNDG: A Million Voices: The World We Want, September 2013

• SDSN: An Action Agenda for Sustainable Development, June 2013

• Global Compact: How to Engage Business Towards Sustainable Development Goals, June 2013

• HLP: A New Global Partnership, May 2013

• UNTT: Realizing the Future We Want for All, June 2012

Latest UNDG Report

The main message of the dialogues and of this report is that, irrespective of income status or region, the implementation of the new agenda will depend on actions taken at national and local levels. It is there that attention will need to be focused and investments made, if we are to make the transformative shifts which advancing human and sustainable development requires.
– Helen Clark, Chair of the UN Development Group

One year ago the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) released a summary of a global consultation process on the world that people want. The report, ‘A Million Voices’, captured the results of nearly 100 national dialogues on post-2015, 11 thematic consultations, and a vibrant e-discussion and global survey, MY World.

The current report picks up where 'A Million Voices' left off, and looks in more depth at the factors within each country that will support or impede implementation. A set of Dialogues has been exploring these factors and are still capturing ideas around these six topics:

  1. Localizing the post-2015 development agenda
  2. Helping to strengthen capacities and institutions
  3. Participatory monitoring for accountability
  4. Partnerships  with civil society and other actors
  5. Engaging with the private sector
  6. Culture and development

Read the full report here

Updates on Post-2015
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