The report of the UN System Task Team is serving as a reference for the ongoing consultations on the post-2015 agenda. The Task Team Report recommends a transformative agenda, ambitious yet feasible, with potentially far-reaching and long-term positive implications for sustainable development.
The Report states that the post-2015 agenda would set forth shared principles and goals to guide policy choices and mobilize action at all levels – global, regional, national, local – without being prescriptive and while recognizing differences in initial conditions, as well as interdependencies amongst objectives.
The Report recommends retaining some of the noted strengths of the MDG framework, with its limited number of inspirational, easy-to-communicate and concrete time-bound goals and targets, for which measurable indicators can be developed.
One major vehicle for defining the post-2015 agenda is through the national-level consultations. The UNDG, through its MDG Task Force, co-chaired by UNDP and UN Women, is supporting national consultations in more than 50 countries. In addition, eleven global thematic consultations are also taking place over the next several months. Each thematic consultation is co-led by two UN agencies.
The aim of these consultations is to bring together a broad range of stakeholders to review progress on the MDGs and to discuss the options for a new framework. The eleven thematic consultations will be based on the following topics, which have been identified as particular issues of importance to the post-2015 debates:
- Growth and Employment
- Conflict and Fragility
- Environmental Sustainability
- Food Security and Nutrition
UN Women and UNICEF are co-leading 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 was issued. More than 300 responses from academia and civil society members were received. Papers are due by the end of October. An on-line discussion on inequalities will take place in the fall. A synthesis analysis of the papers and the virtual discussions will be prepared and presented at a high-level workshop in Copenhagen in early 2013.
National stakeholders to be included in the consultations are 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 involves different types of opportunities for citizens to engage in the consultations through online discussion, webinars and other interactive online tools.