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UNRIC Library Backgrounder: Post-2015 Development Agenda

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 Post-2015 Development Agenda
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Development agenda beyond 2015
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) served as a milestone in global development since their inception in 2000. Without losing focus on further progress on the MDGs, it is now time to accelerate thinking on a global development agenda beyond 2015.
The UN Secretary-General has established the UN System Task Team on the Post-2015 UN Development Agenda and a High-level Panel of Eminent Persons.  He also appointed a Special Advisor on Post-2015 Development Planning. The purpose of these tracks is to guarantee a broadly consultative process to support the design of the post 2015 UN development agenda.
Meanwhile, the outcome document of the Rio+20 Conference initiated work on a set of sustainable development goals. A 30-member Open Working Group is tasked with submitting a proposal on these goals to the sixty-eighth General Assembly (2013-2014). The Rio+20 outcome provides that the design of the SDGs should be consistent with the post-2015 process.



2015 - Time for Global Action for People and Planet

2015 Time for Global Action En2015 presents a historic and unprecedented opportunity to bring the countries and citizens of the world together to decide and embark on new paths to improve the lives of people everywhere. These decisions will determine the global course of action to end poverty, promote prosperity and well-being for all, protect the environment and address climate change.
In 2015, countries have the opportunity to adopt a new sustainable development agenda and reach a global agreement on climate change. The actions taken in 2015 are expected to result in new sustainable development goals that build on the eight Millennium Development Goals.
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. Explore this site to find out more about the efforts of the UN and its partners to build a better world.

UN System Task Team on the Post-2015 UN Development Agenda

The UN System Task Team was established by the UN Secretary-General to support system-wide preparations for the post-2015 UN development agenda, in consultation with all stakeholders, including Member States, civil society, academia and the private sector. It brings together over 60 UN entities and agencies and international organizations. It supports the multi-stakeholder consultations being led by Member States on a post-2015 global development agenda, by providing analytical inputs, expertise and outreach.

The Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda

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, the target date for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The Panel was part of the Secretary-General’s post-2015 initiative mandated by the 2010 MDG Summit. UN Member States have called for open, inclusive consultations involving civil society, the private sector, academia and research institutions from all regions, in addition to the UN system, to advance the development framework beyond 2015. The work of the Panel reflected new development challenges while also drawing on experience gained in implementing the MDGs, both in terms of results achieved and areas for improvement. The Panel submitted a report containing recommendations to the Secretary-General in May 2013.

We Can End Poverty – Millennium Development Goals and beyond 2015

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.

Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform    

Created by DESA (Department of Economic and Social Affairs), the Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform documents decades of work on sustainable development up until the present, including the current implementation of the Rio+20 outcome and the advancement of sustainable development goals.

Sustainable Development Goals

One of the main outcomes of the Rio+20 Conference was the agreement by member States to launch a process to develop a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will build upon the Millennium Development Goals and converge with the post 2015 development agenda. It was decided establish an "inclusive and transparent intergovernmental process open to all stakeholders, with a view to developing global sustainable development goals to be agreed by the General Assembly".

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP): Post-2015 Development Agenda

UNDP and the UN Development Group (UNDG) have been facilitating an unprecedented global conversation through which people can help shape the future development agenda that will build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) after 2015.

The World We Want 2015

The “World We Want website hosts all consultations and provides visual data analysis which helps to map issues and dialogue streams around the world.

My World Campaign   

The MY World survey, available in 17 languages online and offline, invites people to vote for 6 out of 16 priorities for the future development agenda. More than 5 million people have cast their votes so far, indicating that good education, better healthcare and better job opportunities are the issues that matter most to them.


Special Websites of UN Entities 

Research & Documentation

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April 2015
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