Post-2015 Development Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals

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WFUNA and Post-2015

WFUNA would like to invite United Nations Associations (UNA) to participate in the discussion and consultation process surrounding the Post-2015 Development Agenda and creation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

UNAs are one of the UN's best links to Civil Society. They hold a unique position as an already established global network to participate in the consultation process. Find on this page information about the Post-2015 Development Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals.  *Refresh browser window to view interactive elements                                                                                  

Guide to WFUNA Post-2015:

WFUNA's Activities in Post-2015

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August 2014: UN DPI/NGO Conference 

WFUNA held a successful workshop at the 65th annual UN DPI/NGO conference in New York with representatives from UNA-Dominican Republic, UNA-Finland, UNA-Suriname and UNA-Zimbabwe. The conference was titled "2015 and Beyond: Our Action Agenda," with the theme 'The role of civil society in the Post-2015 agenda.' The workshop, moderated by WFUNA's Secretary-General, Bonian Golmohammadi, allowed UN Associaitons to share their perspectives and experiences on the role of civil society in the Post-2015 agenda process. For a full recap see this article.

May - July 2014: Open Working Group on the Sustainable Development Goals 

WFUNA was an active participant in the 11th (May 5-9) and 12th (Jun 16-20) sessions of the Open Working Group (OWG) on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including through the Major Groups system. During these sessions, the Major Groups provided joint statements to the OWG Co-chairs on the zero draft of the proposed SDGs.The Major Groups, established at the 1992 Earth Summit, represent nine sectors of society as the main channels through which citizens can organize and participate in international efforts to achieve sustainable development through the United Nations. 

The OWG held their 13th and final session Jul 14-18. The outcome document of the OWG recommends 17 SDGs, which include proposals to end poverty, eliminate hunger, attain healthy lives, provide quality education, attain gender equality and reduce inequalities. The full list can be found here. The outcome document will be presented for consideration at the 69th General Assembly in September 2014. Following another year's worth of negotiations, the SDGs will be formally adopted as part of the Post-2015 development agenda in September 2015 at a UN Summit. 

September 2013

During the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly, WFUNA attended the final session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), which concluded its 20 years of work and was replaced with the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), as well as the NGOs Major Group Briefing. A representative from the NGO Major Group estimated that 14,000 members of civil society had been involved in the CSD through the Major Groups system, and it outlined tangible results from the Commission's years of work. WFUNA was also present for the Global Compact Leaders Summit, a 2-day gathering of executives, civil society leaders and UN and government officials on corporations' role in sustainability and the post-2015 development agenda.

June 2013

WFUNA has partnered with the Stakeholder Forum to promote the Sustainable Development Goals e-Inventory, an online database of proposals on global goals for the Post-2015 Development Framework. The SDG e-Inventory can be used to submit and share proposals and ideas with stakeholders and decision-makers on the Post-2015 process. The SDG e-Inventory can be searched for data, documents, and proposals on the Post-2015 development process using the following categories: stakeholder/sector, thematic area, region, or country. 

May 2013

What will happen after the MDG deadline is met in 2015? The second issue of WFUNA’s journal, ACRONYM, focuses on presenting diverse “insider” perspectives on the topic of the post-2015 development agenda. The articles in this issue, “2015 and Beyond: Perspectives on Global Development”, represent an ideal round table on post-2015, featuring a sampling of high-level insider perspectives.

We aim to invite the reader into an imaginary UN conference room, where we have gathered leading global opinion makers from different sectors to share their views and ask you, the readers, to think critically about the issues with them.  The authors, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Alicia Yamin, Paul Polman, Helen Clark and Alicia Crawford give unique and varied insights into this multi-dimensional and global process. With a special message from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Read ACRONYM Online [PDF]

Read another take on the Youth prespective on Post-2015 by Sonia I. Preisser co-founder of Momo Effect Ltd here.

November 2012

WFUNA has already carried out activities around the Post-2015 discussion at the 40th WFUNA Plenary Assembly in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 6-10 November, 2012. On 6 November a special seminar on the Post-2015 Development Agenda entitled "2015 and Beyond: From MDGs to SDGs," participants received a video message from Ms. Amina Mohamed, Special Advisor to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Post-2015 development planning.

Throughout the day there was a continuous lively and engaging debate with two Panel focused on discussions. The summary of Panel 1's discussion, "From MDGs to SDGs: The Substance" can be found here. The summary of Panel 2's discussion on "From MDGs to SDGs: The Process can be found here. The closing remarks from the seminar can be found here

Background to the Post-2015 Development Agenda and SDGs 

As the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) fast approaches, a new global development framework is being created to look beyond 2015. The MDGs provided a strong focus for sustainable development at the beginning of the 21st century and have led to drastic improvements to the lives of people all across the world. However, millions still suffer from social and economic inequalities.

The Post-2015 development agenda and SDG process is one of the outcomes from the Rio +20 conference in June 2012. Member States set a mandate that between Rio +20 and 2015 there should be 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" (UN Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform).  This will be a global multi stakeholder process that involves both UN Actors and Civil Society in order to create a framework that is inclusive of both developed and developing countries.

UN Actors 

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  • High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda
  • UN Special Adviser to the UN Secretary General on Post-2015
  • UN General Assembly (UNGA) Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals
  • UN System Task Team on the Post-2015 UN Development Agenda.

The High Level Panel will work with other UN actors, the Private Sector and Civil Society in order to create the Post-2015 Development Framework. The Intergovernmental Open Working Group, along with other UN actors, the Private Sector, and Civil Society, will work toward creating a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which will build upon the MDGs and link with the development agenda.

Please click here to find further information about the UN Actors 

68th Session of the UN General Assembly

Inaugural Session of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF)

The inaugural session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) convened on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 in the Trusteeship Council Chamber at UN Headquarters in New York. The session theme was “Building the future we want from Rio+20 to the post-2015 development agenda.”  The gathering of presidents, prime ministers, ministers and other officials heard opening remarks from General Assembly President John Ashe and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Other opening speakers included: Nestor Osorio, President of ECOSOC; Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil; Enrico Letta, Prime Minister of Italy; Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group; Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, IMF; and Gita Sen, Representative of the Major Groups.

The session was divided into several segments that featured keynote presentations from Heads of State and Government and Ministers and remarks from the floor on the following themes: “From vision to action,” “Global partnerships for development to create jobs and improve sustainable lifestyles,” and “Mapping the way forward for eradicating poverty and achieving sustainable development.”

National Consultations

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Currently national consultations are running in 88 countries around the world. These consultations are intended to encourage an inclusive multi-stakeholder process. The results are informing the Post-2015 development agenda providing a focus on national and local priorities. Stakeholders, including members of political parties, non-governmental organizations and individuals, are exchanging ideas and making recommendations.

UN Development Group (UNDG) Guidelines for country consultations

The World We Want 2015 website provides more information on national consultations. This web platform is co-hosted by civil society and the United Nations as part of the UN global conversations. The aim of the platform is to bring people together to create a global discussion, framing the post-2015 development agenda and SDGs.

Specific Consultations: 

Many national consultations are already underway, for information about a specific country please either check the county or contact the relevant focal point. A list of the focal point contact information can be found on the World We Want platform here

Some national consultations already have active web pages: 

 *Under Security Council Resolution 1244

Online Thematic Consultations 

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The WorldWeWant2015 is also the web platform for thematic consultations. There are 11 areas of discussion: inequalities; growth and employment; education; governance; health; water; conflict and fragility; population dynamics; energy; food security and nutrition; and environmental sustainability. 

Within each of these discussion areas, briefing papers, concept notes, blog posts and e-discussions are available on the website. Each thematic discussion area has a specific time frame in which either individuals or organizations can become involved. This involvement can be through a variety of methods such as commenting on Background Papers, submitting papers on specific thematic subjects, contributing to e-consultations and attending consultations.

Each thematic consultation is led by both UN and other international agencies, for instance the Food Security and Nutrition consultation is led by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Program. The platform is hosted by the Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition and the initiative.

My World Online Survey 

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The MyWorld Online Survey was launched in December 2012 by the UN Development ProgramWord Wide Web Foundation and the Overseas Development Institute, partnered with WFUNA and others such as Save the Children and Beyond2015. The open opinions survey allows people from across the globe to communicate with the UN and High Level Panel on what they feel should be involved in the Post-2015 agenda. 

The survey asks individuals to vote on six out of a possible sixteen topics based on what effects them and their family the most.

My World Summary of Results can be found here

As of June 2014, over 2 million votes had been cast throught he My World survey. The data produced is giving us important information on global priorities and on how these differ by characteristics such as gender, age, education level and location. Currently the top 5 global priorities stand as such:

  1. A good education
  2. Better health care
  3. An honest and responsive government
  4. Better job opportunities
  5. Access to clean water and sanitation

The MY World survey will continue to be online throughout 2014 so please go online and VOTE NOW!

Civil Society led National Deliberations 

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From September 2012 – October 2013, ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Beyond 2015 and GCAP, working with the International Forum of NGO Platforms, gathered the views of civil society through a number of national civil society deliberations in 29 countries

National reports from these deliberations are available here. Regional and Global Syntheses of the outcomes of the national deliberations are also available.





Please find the Toolkit for National Deliberations produced by the UN Millennium Campaign, Beyond 2015 and GCAP on WFUNA's Post-2015 resources page. 

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