Post-2015 Agenda: Unprecedented global discussions about development priorities start in 100 countries

Jan 15, 2013

National consultations capturing development priorities are underway in 66 member states, and the United Nations works with governments to expand the list of countries to 100, according to representatives of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UN Women, and World Health Organizations (WHO).

The consultations are part of an unprecedented global consultation which aims to build consensus between people, communities, cities, countries and stakeholders such as people with disabilities or youth - groups that usually don’t participate in multilateral negotiations - on what are in their view key development priorities.

“In Zambia, a meeting is organized today in Lusaka by the UN country team on health, with local civil society organizations,” said Olav Kjorven, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Director of Bureau for Development policy at UNDP. “Since November 2012, 12 workshops have been completed in the Amazon region of Loreto in Peru, involving children, youth women, and grassroots leaders.”

In Albania, the UN country team is using Facebook to implement the consultations. The government also plans to use the results of the consultation as inputs into the national development strategy, he added during a presentation to Permanent Representatives of the Missions to the UN in New York.

Consultations are being held in all regions of the world, including in France, Germany, Spain, and other European countries.

On the global level, the results of consultations will be synthesized in two reports scheduled to be published in March and September 2013.

The reports will be handed to the Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, the High-level Panel on Post-2015 Development Agenda and the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, which aim to define a process by which world leaders will arrive to an agreed future development agenda that will succeed the Millennium Development Goals.

The High-level Panel on Post-2015 Development Agenda - led by three co-Chairs:  President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia; President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia; and Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom - was asked to prepare a bold yet practical development vision to present to member states in 2013.

The Open Working Group is a group of countries set up by the June 2012 Rio Declaration to design sustainable development goals.

The national consultations are complemented by five regional consultations and 11 thematic consultations which cover conflict and fragility, education, energy, environmental sustainability, food security, governance, growth and employment, health, inequalities, population dynamics and water.

Each thematic consultation is co-hosted by member states. For example, the health consultation is co-hosted by Botswana and Sweden. Like the others, this consultation takes place online at, and in a series of meeting that will culminate in a two-day conference on health in the post-2015 agenda in Botswana in March.

Through the two synthesis reports, the results of consultations on all levels will inform the High-level Panel’s recommendations on a global development agenda and the work of the Open Working Group.

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