Post-2015 Development Agenda


A little girl talks about the future she wants, Zambia

UNDP and the UN Development Group (UNDG) have been facilitating an unprecedented global conversation through which people can help shape the future development agenda that will build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) after 2015.

Three out of the eight millennium development targets – on poverty, slums and water – have been met ahead of the 2015 deadline, but much remains to be done. The future development framework – the Post-2015 agenda – should build on the lessons learned from working toward achieving the MDGs, which have been providing the structure for the UN’s development activities since the Millennium Summit in 2000.

The unprecedented global conversation has drawn on the needs, experience and expertise of people around the world:

  • 88 countries hosted national consultations. Groups of stakeholders, with the support of the UN, organized conferences, workshops and face-to-face meetings on what should be included in the future global development agenda.
  • Thousands of people, including leading practitioners, participated online and in person in global thematic consultations on how to integrate the following eleven issues into the post-2015 development agenda: inequalities, health, education, growth and employment, environmental sustainability, governance, conflict and fragility, population dynamics, hunger, food and nutrition security, energy, water.
  • The World We Want website hosts all consultations and provides visual data analysis which helps to map issues and dialogue streams around the world.
  • The MY World survey, available in 17 languages online and offline, invites people to vote for 6 out of 16 priorities for the future development agenda. More than 5 million people have cast their votes so far, indicating that good education, better healthcare and better job opportunities are the issues that matter most to them. 

UNDP and its partners in the UNDG, which unites 32 UN funds and programmes, have tried to make sure that diverse stakeholders participate in the discussions, including the most vulnerable groups, women, young people, people with disabilities and private sector companies, as well as all levels of the government./p>

A comprehensive synthesis of the national and thematic consultations, as well as MY World votes, was captured in the report “A Million Voices: The World We Want – a sustainable future with dignity for all", published in September 2013. These analyses have informed the work of the High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the post-2015 development agenda, set up by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and continue to feed into the formal multilateral process.

In May 2013, the High Level Panel released its report, “A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies through Sustainable Development,” which sets out a universal agenda to eradicate extreme poverty from the face of the earth by 2030, and deliver on the promise of sustainable development.

The UN Secretary-General presented his report on the MDGs and post-2015 agenda, “A life of dignity for all: accelerating progress towards the Millennium Development Goals and advancing the United Nations development agenda beyond 2015”, to Member States during the General Assembly in September 2013.

While the national and thematic consultations focused on the potential issues and areas to be included in a new development agenda, the so-called ‘means of implementation’ have surfaced throughout the process and are becoming increasingly central to the debate going forward.

The UN development system has therefore created space in the form of six Dialogues so that interested groups and individuals can contribute ideas and proposals for the implementation of the post-2015 agenda in their countries and at the global level.

The objectives of the Dialogues on Implementation are to draw upon the lessons learned and the collective wisdom of people around the world, to convince policymakers that an ambitious post-2015 agenda can be implemented, and to foster ownership, improved planning structures and multi-stakeholder partnerships to support its delivery.

The interim results of the discussions, online engagement and research inputs are summarized in the report “Delivering the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Opportunities at the National and Local Level’s” and was presented to Member States in form of a high-level side event on 25 September 2015 in the United Nations Headquarter New York. The findings of the report derive from the six Dialogues and reveal several main principles in order to support the successful implementation of the new development agenda: participation, inclusion, and the need for strengthened capacities and partnerships.

Before the end of 2014, the UN Secretary General has been invited to prepare a ‘synthesis report’ covering all the processes and reports related to post-2015, including the UN consultations.

Member State negotiations are expected to commence early in 2015 and will be based on the outcome document by the Open Working Group of Sustainable Development Goals (OWG) which currently includes 17 goals and 169 targets.

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Global conversation on the post-2015 development agenda