UN System Contributions to the Post-2015 Development Agenda and the SDGs

The UN system is contributing in a number of ways to the discussions around the post-2015 development agenda and the SDGs.

The Task Team Report of 2012 proposed transformative change towards inclusive, people-centred, and sustainable development based on the core values of human rights, equality and sustainability. The report suggests that a global development agenda should be based on concrete end goals and targets, one of the key strengths of the MDG framework, but be reorganized along four key dimensions:

  1. inclusive social development;
  2. inclusive economic development;
  3. environmental sustainability; and
  4. peace and security.

Simultaneously, national-level consultations have been an important vehicle for defining the post-2015 agenda. The UN Development Group, through its MDG Task Force, co-chaired by UNDP and UN Women, is supporting national consultations in more than 80 countries. National stakeholders in the consultations included government representatives, NGOs, civil society, community-based organizations, indigenous peoples, women’s and social movements, youth and children, and the private sector, among others. The outreach component of the UNDG project also involved different types of opportunities for citizens to engage in the consultations through online discussion, webinars and other interactive online tools (see The World We Want).

In addition, 11 global thematic consultations have taken place on: inequalities; population; health; education; growth and employment; conflict and fragility; governance; environmental sustainability; food security and nutrition; energy; and water. The preliminary report, “The Global Conversation Begins,” identified three emerging priorities for the future development agenda:

  • The agenda should be balanced and holistic to be successful.
  • The agenda should be genuinely universal.
  • The next framework must ensure real results, realize human rights and use technology to move forward.

UN Women and UNICEF co-led the inequalities consultations. An advisory panel of experts, civil society representatives and interested UN agencies was established. A call for papers on different dimensions of inequalities generated 300 responses from academia and civil society members, and more than 150 papers were received. An on-line discussion on inequalities took place in the fall of 2012. A synthesis report was presented at a high-level meeting in Copenhagen in February 2013. At the end of the meeting, the chairpersons’ statement outlined a number of recommendations for tackling the root causes of inequalities and called for a stand-alone goal on inequality and on gender equality, as well as for mainstreaming gender and other dominant inequalities in all other goals.

UN Women produced a position paper that advocates for a stand-alone goal in the post-2015 agenda to achieve gender equality, women’s rights and women’s empowerment.

On 10 September 2013, the UNDG launched the “A Million Voices: The World We Want” report, which summarized the findings of public consultations and surveys that engaged more than 1.3 million people in all 193 UN Member States.