Post 2015 UN Development Agenda

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets proposed by a United Nations open working group received Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's affirmation on Thursday as he released his synthesis report. 

The Road to Dignity by 2030:
Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives and Protecting the Planet


The report puts the goals into six "essential elements" -- dignity, people, planet, prosperity, justice and partnership - meant "to offer conceptual guidance for the work ahead." Download Advance Unedited Report - 4 December 2014

20 March 2015
Final Indicators and a Monitoring Framework 
UN Academic Impact Seoul Forum


Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute and SDSN, presented SDSN’s final report on Indicators and a Monitoring Framework for Sustainable Development Goals: Launching a data revolution for the SDGs to the UN Secretary-General Ban-ki Moon at the UN Academic Impact Seoul Forum. The Indicators report, the result of over 18 months of consultative work with the contributions of nearly 500 organizations and thousands of individuals, outlines a tiered monitoring framework at the national, global, regional, and thematic levels, and presents a concise set of 100 Global Monitoring Indicators. This limited number of indicators can comprehensively track all 169 OWG targets while balancing countries’ capacities and domestic monitoring commitments.

Why the Sustainable Development Goals Matter


In his final address to the UN in September 1963, Kennedy described contemporary peacemaking by quoting Archimedes, who, “in explaining the principles of the lever, was said to have declared to his friends: ‘Give me a place where I can stand – and I shall move the world.’” Fifty years on, it is our generation’s turn to move the world towards sustainable development.

26 January 2015
Next steps for the post-2015 agenda


This past December, the UN General Assembly adopted a decision outlining the modalities for negotiations the post-2015 development agenda. A further six sessions are scheduled for the next six months in order to hammer out an “outcome document” on the new agenda, which will then be adopted by UN members at a high-level summit in September.

According to the resolution, the outcome document prepared over the coming months may include four key components: a political declaration; a set of SDGs and targets; means of implementation and partnerships; and follow-up and review systems. The next four sessions will in turn look at each of these components. Two meetings in June and July are then scheduled for intergovernmental negotiations on the draft outcome document for September.

As Otto Scharmer so eloquently puts it "Our moment of disruption deals with death and rebirth. What’s dying is an old civilization and a mindset of maximum “me” - maximum material consumption, bigger is better, and special-interest group-driven decision-making that has led us into a state of collectively creating results that nobody wants."


The Post 2015 UN Development Agenda needs to take on board the critical contribution that Mindfulness makes to the emerging Wellbeing agenda. The UK needs to extend it's role as "Leader in National Measurement of wellbeing" to consider how to best share this with the International Community.  UK Leadership Link

As the clock ticks down on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the world community is deep in discussion over the successor global framework.


The MDGs have helped cut poverty by half and the hunger target is within reach, but there are still more than 800 million people hungry. New challenges have emerged since the turn of the millennium. Food security, nutrition, transition to sustainable agriculture and sustainable use of natural resources - water, farmland, soil, forests and oceans – now count high among the world’s major priorities.


A growing global population, diminishing natural resource base and worsening effects of climate change are reshaping the development agenda. Member states clearly want to see greater attention of sustainability in all three pillars: social, economic and environmental.

To prepare for launch at the end of 2015, we count down 10 things to know about the emerging post-2015 development agenda.


10. Post-2015 development agenda. The name refers to the UN process through which countries will agree, in September 2015, a new global development framework for the next 15 years. The post-2015 development agenda will replace the Millennium Development Goals – the eight goals, 18 targets and 48 indicators that followed the UN Millennium Declaration in 2000.


9. MDGs. The MDGs were the first globally coordinated development push in history. With just a year to go before their target date, important progress has been made. The poverty target was met five years ahead of schedule and the hunger target is still within reach, according to the UN hunger report. But this progress has been highly uneven. None of the least developed countries will meet even most of the MDG targets. Environmental sustainability is under severe threat in many countries, and our natural resources – water, farmland, soil, forests, oceans and seas and biodiversity – are under great strain.


8. SDGs. The world today is a more connected place than it was in 2000. There is a growing awareness that planet Earth’s resources are shared, limited and need to be looked after. It is widely recognised that the MDGs did not devote sufficient attention to the need for more effective stewardship of our planet’s resources. The next development agenda will be built around sustainable goals that are conceived to meet the needs of future generations as well as our own.


7. Country-led and inclusive. The post-2015 approach is different. While MDGs were largely put together by a small number of experts within the UN system, the post-2015 process has been characterised by an extensive process of consultation and deliberation. The process has included global public surveys, technical advice from UN agencies and reports from stakeholders – civil society, the private sector, academia, and a panel of “eminent persons” – over a two-year period. This time, UN member states are drafting the global goals.


6. Universal ownership. While the MDGs largely focused on the developing countries, new goals will be relevant to all countries. Governments will all take responsibility for taking action to reach goals.


5. Feeding 9 billion plus. Sustainability. Many current agricultural practices are damaging the planet’s ecosystems and biological diversity of plants and animals that are essential for food production and diverse diets. High temperatures associated with climate change are exceeding survival thresholds of crop, tree and fish species, affecting the livelihoods of millions and posing an added threat to global food production. In 2050, another two billion people, more than nine billion in all, will be living on Earth. There is a wide recognition that food – the way it is produced, packaged and consumed – lies at the heart of sustainable development. Increasing food production and using natural resources in a sustainable way is among the greatest challenges of our times.


4. Seventeen SDGs. July’s report of the UN Open Working Group will be the basis for intergovernmental negotiations on SDGs in the post-2015 development agenda. The proposal lists 17 goals – more than double the number of MDGs – and 169 targets. The proposal includes goals and targets for food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture; water; energy; oceans, seas and marine resources; ecosystems, biodiversity, forests and land degradation; as well as inequalities; sustainable economic growth; and promoting peaceful societies.


3. Road to Completion. UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon is set to release a “synthesis report” in early January 2015 drawing upon the various reports that have made up the post-2015 process so far. Three processes will unfold from there. Member states will begin the formal process of preparing a new and final Sustainable Development agenda, taking the Report of the Open Working Group on SDGs as the basis for their deliberations. A second stream of work will concern means of implementations – including finance, trade and technology – for the new agenda. And a third stream of work will consider appropriate indicators for the goals and targets.


2. The last lap. A warm spirit of cooperation has characterised UN member state discussions so far, but the hard decisions are yet to be made. Consolidating the number of goals and targets, deciding on resources (related to July’s financing for development conference in Addis Ababa) and tying in climate change (related to December 2015’s climate summit in Paris) are expected to be among the key areas under discussion. Given the high ambition of the goals, the post-2015 development agenda could become the most significant indication yet of shifts in the world since the end of the 20th century.


1. New goals. In September 2015, a high-level summit involving heads of state will take place at UN headquarters in New York to adopt a new set of goals, targets and indicators to succeed the MDGs at the end of 2015. The final report is also expected to include an introductory declaration; a section on means of implementation and a new global partnership; and a framework for monitoring and review of implementation.


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