What exactly is the Post-2015 Development Agenda?
Focusing on the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) up to 2015 is a top priority. At the same time discussions are underway on the agenda that could follow the MDGs. The Post-2015 Development Agenda will be defined by the Member States and serve as a framework for global development efforts. The agenda should build on the Millennium Declaration, the achievements of the MDGs and address new and emerging challenges. Poverty reduction and the protection of our planet should be at the heart of the new development agenda underpinned by the principles of human rights, equality and sustainability.
What is the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals?
Sustainable development will be at the centre of the Post-2015 Development Agenda. At the Rio+20 Conference, Member States agreed to launch a process to devise a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which are “universal and applicable to all countries”. A 30-member intergovernmental open working group for the preparation of SDGs has been set up under the UN General Assembly. It is mandated to present a report including a proposal on SDGs. The result will be integrated in the definition of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
What is the High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda?
The High-Level Panel consists of 27 members from governments, civil society and the private sector, and is mandated to advise the UN Secretary-General on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. To this end it will submit its recommendations to the Secretary-General in the form of a report in May 2013. The report will also inform UN Member States.
What is the UN Task Team on the Post-2015 Development Agenda?
The UN Task Team (UNTT) on the Post-2015 Development Agenda assembles representatives from UN entities and international organizations under the co-chairmanship of UNDP and UN-DESA to provide a common vision from the UN system on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
What are the Global Thematic Consultations?
The UN is conducting Global Thematic Consultations with academia, media, the private sector, employers and trade unions, civil society and others to discuss key issues pertaining to the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The Global Thematic Consultations cover eleven areas:
- Environmental Sustainability
- Conflict, Violence and Disaster
- Growth and Employment
- Population Dynamics
- Food Security and Nutrition
What are the Regional and National Consultations?
The UN facilitates regional and national consultations on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The UN Regional Commissions have convened and are planning a series of inclusive subregional and regional consultations to develop and articulate regional perspectives on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The UN is facilitating inclusive national consultations in up to 100 countries to shape the post-2015 Development Agenda.
What is the timeline for the process?
In order to ensure a fluent transition in 2015, the Post-2015 Development Agenda needs to be ready for operation soon. The Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals will develop a first proposal for Sustainable Development Goals during the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly. The UN Secretary-General will then present a synthesis report on the full range of inputs before the end of 2014 as an input to the intergovernmental negotiations to be launched at the beginning of the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly.