Post-2015: the global conversation continues with new dialogues in 50 countries

Mar 4, 2014

Indonesian youth discussing the challenges they face during the Youth Consultation organized by UNESCO in Jakarta. Poverty, poor governance and lack of spaces for participation are among the main issues they raised. Photo UNESCO Jakarta

New York -- The United Nations Development Group (UNDG) which unites 32 UN funds and programmes, including the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), announced today its plan to launch Dialogues on Implementation of the Post-2015 development agenda in initially 50 countries.

The consultations will take the form of public meetings and discussions where policy planners, civil society representatives, community and private sector leaders will discuss how to best deliver the next sustainable development agenda that will build on the success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG).

The dialogues will be supplemented by online consultations hosted on the World We Want 2015 platform.

“We are committed to changing the way multilateral development diplomacy works,” said Olav Kjorven, Special Advisor to the UNDP Administrator on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. “We will continue to expand the areas where people will be able to engage with the work of the United Nations.”

The findings from the  dialogues will be presented to the UN Member States during their negotiations of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Post-2015 Agenda.

The dialogues will focus on identifying solutions and strategies around the following six thematic areas:

·         Localizing the post-2015 development agenda

·         Helping to strengthen capacities and institutions

·         Participatory monitoring, existing and new forms of accountability

·         Partnerships  with civil society and other actors

·         Partnerships with the private sector

·         Culture and development

“We are currently working with the UN Member States and our colleagues across the UN system on identifying the countries that will host the dialogues on implementation,” added Olav Kjorven. “We are aiming for a balanced regional and thematic representation so that the findings will be useful in the intergovernmental negotiations through which the UN Member States will agree the Sustainable Development Goals.”

In 2013, almost two million people engaged in sharing their priorities for the future development agenda through an initiative organized by the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) in 88 countries, and through 11 thematic consultations and a global survey MY World. The results of workshops, interviews and online and offline polls are available in the report “A Million Voices: The World We Want”.

You can follow the discussions on Twitter under #Post2015.

Contact information

Antje Watermann -, +1 646 781 4091

UNDP Around the world