The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were derived from the Millennium Declaration of 2000 and they represent an unprecedented consensus amongst governments on setting poverty reduction as the priority for global development efforts and agreeing upon the measures to achieve them. The MDGs were also unique because they set specific goals, targets and indicators – providing governments, the UN and civil society a way to measure progress.
Since their adoption, the MDGs have been the global benchmark for development policy. In 2015, the current set of MDG targets will expire. As we approach that date, there is considerable interest in assessing the goals and considering the future of development goals after 2015. At the UN MDG+10 Summit in September 2010, governments asked the UN Secretary General to “…make recommendations in his annual reports, as appropriate, for further steps to advance the United Nations development agenda beyond 2015.”
The Development Agenda Beyond 2015
In January 2012, the UN Secretary-General established a Task Team on the Post-2015 UN Development Agenda. The Task Team has been led jointly by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and was requested to lead system-wide preparations for the post-2015 UN development agenda.
UNDP is leading the organization of over 60 national level consultations and 11 thematic consultations, on a range of global issues. The outcome from the national consultations and thematic consultations was consolidated into a single report, issued by the UN Secretary General in early 2013 to inform the September 2013 MDG High Level Meeting.
The national consultations are intended to foster an inclusive multi-stakeholder process and advocate for a Post-2015 development agenda informed by national and local priorities. National stakeholders in at least 50 countries will come together to exchange inputs and ideas for a shared global vision of The Future We Want, in an inclusive and open debate with relevant knowledge on development challenges, opportunities and solutions. The consultations will seek to ensure that the vision of the world we want to live in takes into account the perspectives from a broad base of civil society, marginalized groups, and others previously left out of discussions on development priorities.
Click here to see a list of all countries who will participate in the national consultation.
At present, there are 11 themes being discussed by civil society, governments, UN agencies, the private section and other stakeholders. The themes include: Inequalities, Governance, Growth and Employment, Health, Education, Environmental Sustainability, Food Security and Nutrition, Conflict and Fragility, Population Dynamics, Energy and Water. It is essential that youth SRR advocates have their voices heard throughout each of the themes in order to ensure that our issues are addressed in the Post-2015 Developmetn Agenda.
Below are some of the themes in which the YCSRR has engaged in:
- Inequalities (hosted by UNICEF & UNWOMEN). Since September 2012, civil society, UN agencies, government representatives and academics have engaged in discussions surrounding various sub-themes which have included: gender-based violence, LGBT and inequalities, persons with disabilities and economic inequalities. Click here to read the YCSRR’s submission to the Gender-Based Inequalities sub-consultation. Click here to read the YCSRR’s submission to the LGBT and Inequalities sub-consultation discussion.
- Population Dynamics (hosted by UN-DESA, UNFPA, UN-Habitat, IOM and the Government of Switzerland). The Population Dynamics Consultation will include a formal Call for Papers, online discussions, and stakeholder consultations; including a High Level Leadership Meeting (to take place in February/March 2013). Click here for more information.
- Health (hosted by WHO and UNICEF, in collaboration with the Governments of Sweden and Botswana). The consultation will discuss the role of health in the post-2015 development agenda. In addition to the upcoming online discussion, there is currently an open Call for Papers. The deadline to submissions is December 15th 2012. Click here for more information.
High Level Panel
In July 2012, UN Secretary General announced the formation of a High Level Panel on the post-2015 development agenda. The role of the High Level Panel (HLP) is to assess current development challenges and reflect on the implementation of the MDGs. The HLP’s final report was developed and submitted to the Secretary General in May 2013. As youth sexual and reproductive rights advocates, we have been best positioned to provide technical assistance and expertise to members of the High Level Panel, as some members of the Panel may be new to our issues. The HLP met five times in total:
- 1st meeting, held in September, theme: Vision and Workplan
- 2nd meeting, held in London in November, theme: Household Poverty
- 3rd meeting, held in January/February in Liberia, theme: National Development
- 4th meeting, held in March in Indonesia, theme: Means of Implementation
- 5th, and final, meeting will take place in New York in May, theme: Review Final Report
High Level Meeting
The High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on the realization of the Millennium Development Goals and other internationally agreed development goals for persons with disabilities (resolution 66/124) took place in September 2013 at which time the HLP presented its report to the General Assembly. During the HLM, governments mapped out next steps in the post-2015 development agenda.
Open Working Groups
As part of the June 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) outcome document, The Future We Want, a 30-member Open Working Group (OWG) of the General Assembly was established to prepare a proposal on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for consideration by the General Assembly from September 2013-2014.
The Open Working Group will meet for a total of 8 sessions from March 2013 to February 2014. As part of our advocacy toward the inclusion of sexual and reproductive rights of young people in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, the YCSRR was present at the sixth session of the OWG in December 2013 and will participate in the upcoming eighth session in February 2014.
For additional information and updated content on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, please visit our UN Processes page.
Further information is also available at the following Websites:
- UN System Task Team on the Post-2015 UN Development Agenda: Realizing the Future We Want for All – Report to the Secretary General
- United Nations Economic and Social Council: MDGs and post-2015 Development Agenda
- United Nations Development Policy and Analysis Division (UN DESA): Preparing for the development agenda beyond 2015
- Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID): The Post-2015 Development Agenda – What It Means and How to Get Involved
- The World We Want 2015
- Beyond 2015.org: Campaigning for a global development framework after the MDGs
- UN Millennium Campaign: We can end poverty by 2015 (A Gateway to the UN System’s Work on the MDGs) – Resources
- YCSRR’s Learning to Speak the MDGs, 2nd ed.