Seoul Post-2015 Global Development Conference

Sep 10, 2013

Global conversations on the post-2015 development agenda

The Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UNDP hosted an international conference on a future global development framework on 7th of October at the Plaza hotel in Seoul.

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are the most successful anti-poverty push in history. The number of people living in poverty has fallen to less than half of the 1990 level. Over two billion people have gained access to better drinking water and the share of city slum dwellers has dropped significantly, improving the lives of at least 100 million people.

Yet the MDGs expire in 2015. Whilst pushing hard to meet the remaining targets, the world is working out how to build on the successes and tackle new challenges.

The ‘Seoul Post-2015 Conference: Implementation and Implications’ marks a point in the global conversation where the world turns its focus to how the new global development framework will work.  

At the Seoul conferencde some of the world’s leading development thought, opinion leaders and practitioners:

  • Shared opinions, analysis and aspirations for the implementation of a global development framework to 2030.
  • Helped define specific challenges in each area of development and discuss how they can contribute to implementing the future framework more broadly.

Insight and analysis from the conference will support the inter-governmental deliberations that will lead to an agreement on a final post-2015 agenda. These formal negotiations will precede a Heads of State and Government Summit in 2015 to sign off on the new goals

Korea and the future of global development

The Government of Korea is well placed to host a discussion on implementation. It has shown clear commitment to accelerate the achievement of the MDGs through the Korea-UNDP MDG Trust Fund 

It has also hosted discussions with academia and civil society, through hosting events such as the “Asian Perspectives on Post MDGs Development Agenda: Taking Stock, Harnessing Knowledge, Assuming Responsibility” conference that was co-hosted by the UNDP Seoul Policy Centre in June 2012, the “6th Seoul International ODA Conference: Links between Global Partnership Implementation and the Post-2015 Development Framework” on October 2012 and the “North-East Asian Youth Conference: ‘The World We Want’ with the UNDP Seoul Policy Centre, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia Pacific and the UN Global Compact in January 2013.