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 the SDGs.  *Refresh browser window to view interactive elements                                                                                  

Guide to WFUNA Post-2015:

WFUNA's Activities in Post-2015

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February 2015 - present

In February 2015, WFUNA became the hosts of the Transparency, Accountability and Participation Network (TAP). WFUNA has also been an active member of TAP and sits on its Steering Committee. WFUNA has contributed to TAP's series of discussion papers covering financing for development, SDG indicators and review and monitoring. WFUNA has also participated in meetings with Member States during intergovermental negotiations to discuss the issues of transparency, accountability and participation in the Post-2015 agenda.

Jan 2015 - July 2015: Post-2015 intergovernmental negotiations

WFUNA is participating in the monthly Post-2015 integovernmental negotiations sessions. WFUNA is participating through the NGO Major Group to make contributions regarding the Post-2015 declaration and the goals, targets and indicators under the SDGs.

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.

Post-2015 Process

The Post-2015 agenda process has been moving rapidly since the last time this survey was sent (March 2014). Over the past year there have been a number of discussions, proposals and meetings completed and upcoming, including:

The Post-2015 intergovernmental negotiations began in January 2015 and will continue on a monthly basis in the lead up to the UN Summit for the Adoption of the Post-2015 Agenda in September 2015. The 3rd International Conference on Financing for Development will also take place in Addis Ababa in July 2015. The coming months mark the final push to the adoption of a development agenda which will set the course of the UN for the next 15 years.



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