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Latest updates on the post-2015 process

In October, several events will be hosted concerning the post-2015 process. A selection of key events is presented in the table below. The Broker will update you on some of the most relevant events.
For a more detailed overview of all events, please see here.

Date: Event: Venue:
8 - 10 October 2014 Fourth Climate Change and Development Conference UN headquarters, New York City, U.S.A.
20 - 21 October 2014 Fourth Global Green Growth Forum UN headquarters, New York City, U.S.A.

UN General Assembly adopts outcome report of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals.

On Wednesday 10 September, during the High-level Stocktaking Event on the Post-2015 Agenda, the UN General Assembly adopted three resolutions, including one that would pave the way for the incorporation of sustainable development goals into the post-2015 development agenda. The Assembly decided that the Outcome document from the Open Working Group would be the main basis for integrating the SDGs into the future development agenda. Other inputs will also be considered during the intergovernmental negotiation process at the upcoming General Assembly session.

In September, several events will be hosted concerning the post-2015 process. 

A selection of key events is presented in the table below. The Broker will update you on some of the most relevant events.
For a more detailed overview of all events, please see here.

Date: Event: Venue:
10 September 2014 Interactive Meeting with Civil Society on Post-2015 Stocktaking Event UN headquarters, New York City, U.S.A.
11 - 12 September 2014 UNGA High-level Stocktaking Event on the Post-2015 Agenda: Contributions to the Secretary-General's Synthesis Report UN headquarters, New York City, U.S.A.
16 September - 1 October 2014 69th Session of the UN General Assembly UN headquarters, New York City, U.S.A.
23 September 2014 2014 Climate Summit UN headquarters, New York City, U.S.A.

Report of the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing released.

On Friday the 8th of August 2014, the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing released a final draft of its report on sustainable development financing, reviewing options to strengthen both domestic and international public and private finance. The committee, comprised of 30 experts of different UN regions published the report after the final day of its fifth and final session where it, together with the outcome document of the Open Working Group sessions, will provide the basis for further negotiations on the design of the sustainable development agenda.

The report, which builds on the Monterrey Consensus of 2002, assesses current financing needs and examines existing forms of development finance as well as potential new sources of finance. Read the full report here.

In August, several events will be hosted concerning the post-2015 process.

A selection of key events is presented in the table below. The Broker will update you on some of the most relevant events.
For a more detailed overview of all events, please see here.

Date: Event: Venue:
4 - 8 August 2014 Fifth Session of Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing UN headquarters, New York City, U.S.A.
6 - 8 August 2014 International Workshop on Open Data for Science and Sustainability in Developing Countries Nairobi, Kenia.
26 August 2014 Interactive Meeting with Civil Society on Post-2015 Stocktaking Event UN headquarters, New York City, U.S.A.
27 - 29 August 2014 65th Annual UN DPI/NGO conference. 'The role of civil society in the post 2015-development agenda UN headquarters, New York City, U.S.A.

Outcome document Open Working Group

Last week, from 14-18 July, the 13th and final session of the Open Working Group on the development of the Sustainable Development Goals took place at UN Headquarters in New York, USA. At the session, the OWG member states articulated a final outcome document, which can be found here. This document comprises 17 goals with 169 targets.

The co-chairs will submit the document to the 69th session of the General Assembly on 16 September. There, it is likely that the agenda for the further development of the post-2015 agenda will be set out.

In preparation for the General Assembly, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon will prepare a report in August on his vision on the outcome document, drawing on the High-Level Panel Report presented in 2013. This document will be discussed during a High-Level Stocktaking Event of the General Assembly on 11-12 September.

Finally, another important event is the Fifth Session of the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICESDF) from 4-8 August. Since this is the final session of the ICESDF, it is likely to set the ground rules for the means of implementation for the sustainable development goals, which can in turn impact on the debate in the General Assembly in September.

Post-2015 events in July 2014

In July, several events will be hosted concerning the post-2015 process. A selection of key events is presented in the table below. The Broker will update you on some of the most relevant events.
For a more detailed overview of all events, please see here.
For an overview of the events in June, see the table further below.

Date: Event: Venue:
23 June - 18 July 2014 2014 Substantive Session of ECOSOC UN headquarters, New York City, U.S.A.
30 June - 09 July 2014 Second Session of High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development UN headquarters, New York City, U.S.A.
14-18 July 2014 13th Session of Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals UN headquarters, New York City, U.S.A.
23 July 2014 UNGA Dialogue 4 on Technology Transfer Mechanism UN headquarters, New York City, U.S.A.

UNCTAD 2014 Public Symposium for Equality and Sustainable Development

From 18-19 June 2014, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) celebrated their 50th anniversary with the public symposium ‘Prosperity for All’. Within the context of formulating the post-2015 agenda (and before its discussion in the General Assembly of the United Nations in September 2014), this symposium aimed to identify the linkages between peace and prosperity and address the growing inequalities within and between countries.

The symposium used a combination of high-level plenary sessions and in-depth breakout sessions, involving civil society and other stakeholders. Two main topics have been discussed:

1. Macroeconomic dimensions of inequality: it has been recognised that income inequalities can limit demand, drive unsustainable consumption, cause unemployment and create public protest. The general aim of discussing this topic is to identify which systemic and structural reforms are required to create more equitable and sustainable economic systems at a global scale. Moreover, it has been discussed which policy spaces will need to be created to incorporate these recommendations within the post-2015 agenda.
2. From best policy practices to global transformation: in different countries, several types of successful policies on promoting equality are found, which can be examples for replication elsewhere. During the conference, the concept of Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) was discussed, using examples in Latin America and Africa. It has been discussed whether the principles of SSE (democratic economic management, involving cooperatives, public-private partnerships, community development) should be mainstreamed to transnational and macroeconomic policies.

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11 June 2014

The co-chairs of the Open Working Group (OWG) on have released their zero draft recommendation report, which contains a proposal of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

In short, the co-chairs of the OWG have proposed the following goals:

  1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  2. End hunger, achieve food security and adequate nutrition for all, and promote sustainable agriculture
  3. Attain healthy life for all at all ages
  4. Provide equitable and inclusive quality education and life-long learning opportunities for all
  5. Attain gender equality, empower women and girls everywhere
  6. Secure water and sanitation for all for a sustainable world
  7. Ensure access to affordable, sustainable, and reliable modern energy services for all
  8. Promote strong, inclusive and sustainable economic growth and decent work for all
  9. Promote sustainable industrialization
  10. Reduce inequality within and among countries
  11. Build inclusive, safe and sustainable cities and human settlements
  12. Promote sustainable consumption and production patterns
  13. Promote actions at all levels to address climate change
  14. Attain conservation and sustainable use of marine resources, oceans and seas
  15. Protect and restore terrestrial ecosystems and halt all biodiversity loss
  16. Achieve peaceful and inclusive societies, rule of law, effective and capable institutions
  17. Strengthen and enhance the means of implementation and global partnership for sustainable development

For the full draft, see here

In the coming two OWG-sessions (16-20 June and 14-18 July), the zero draft will be further amended. 

03 June 2014

In June, several events will be hosted concerning the post-2015 process. A selection of key events is presented in the table below. The Broker will update you on some of the most relevant events.

For a more detailed overview of all events, please see here

Date: Event: Venue:
2-4 June 2014 Pacific Platform for Risk Disaster Management Suva, Fiji
4 June 2014 UNGA Dialogue 3 on Technology Transfer Mechanism UN headquarters, New York City, U.S.A.
4-6 June 2014 First Annual Sustainable Energy for All Forum (SE4ALL) UN headquarters, New York City, U.S.A.
6 June 2014 UN General Assembly Plenary on HIV/AIDS Declaration UN headquarters, New York City, U.S.A
9-10 June 2014 Contributions of Human Rights and the Rule of Law in the Post-2015 Development Agenda UN headquarters, New York City, U.S.A
9-13 June 2014 Pacific Regional Meeting on Gender, Climate Change and Sustainable Development Nadi, Fiji
10-11 June 2014 ICESDF Regional Outreach Meeting – Asia-Pacific Jakarta, Indonesia
16-17 June 2014 UN Development Group Post-2015 Regional Consultation Bratislava, Slovakia
16-20 June 2014 12th Session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals  UN headquarters, New York City, U.S.A.
18 June 2014 UNGA Thematic Debate on Human Security Office of the President of the UNGA, New York City, U.S.A.
18-19 June 2014 UNCTAD Public Symposium: A Better World Economic Order for Equality and Sustainable Development Post-2015 Geneva, Switzerland
23 June – 18 July 2014 2014 Substantive Session of ECOSOC New York City, U.S.A.
30 June – 9 July 2014 Second Session of High-level Political Forum (HLPF) UN headquarters, New York City, U.S.A.

20 May 2014

On  21-22 May, a High Level event on 'Contributions of South-South, Triangular Cooperation and ICT for Development to the Post-2015 Development Agenda' will take place in New York.

This high-level event is part of a series of three high-level events and three thematic debates convened by the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), named, 'The post-2015 Development Agenda: Setting the Stage!'. The aim of these events is to initiate discussions on priority areas for the post-2015 development agenda through in-depth, interactive and participatory discussions. Please read more about the event here.

10 May 2014

On  5-9 May the 11th session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development took place in New York.

this session the OWG member states further negotiated the OWG co-chairs’ working document, a ‘work in progress’ which will eventually be moulded, on the basis of member states’ amendments during each upcoming OWG session, into the final OWG report, to be published in August this year.

The OWG is part of the post-2015 process of formulating a new set of development goals to succeed the current UN development agenda (see the infographic for an overview of the post-2015 process). The final report of the OWG serves as input for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who will launch his synthesis report, based on input from all the advisory bodies and consultations, before the start of the 69th UNGA in September 2014. After that, there will be a year of international negotiations and a new agenda will be formally adopted in September 2015.

Some of this month’s key post-2015 events:

  • 12-16 May: Fourth Session of the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing, New York, US
  • 12-23 May: 13th Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues,  New York, US
  • 13-16 May: Fifth Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, Abuja, Nigeria
  • 20 May: Delivering the Post-2015 Applied Science and Skills Agenda for Africa: The Role of Business, New York, US
  • 21-22 May: Contributions from South-South, Triangular Cooperation and ICT for Development to the Post-2015 Development Agenda, New York, US
  • 23 May: UNGA High-level Event on Achieving Poverty Eradication through Full Employment and Decent Work for All in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, New York, US
  • 27-29 May: Third Sanitation Dialogue: 11th Hour to MDGs 2015, Manila, Philippines  

Check all post-2015 events here.

30 April 2014

On 15-16 April, the first High Level Meeting of the 'Global Partnership for Effective Development  Cooperation' took place in Mexico City. Please read an analysis of Thomas Fues and Stephan Klingebiel here.

9 April 2014

Last week, the 10th session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals took place in New York. 

During this session, country delegates discussed eight clusters of topics as prioritized in the OWG’s co-chairs’ focus areas report. After  eight stocktaking sessions, and one session on the focus areas document, the 10th session marked the kick-off of the discussions, held between March and July 2014, on the content of the OWG’s final report to be presented to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon later this year.

The OWG forms part of the post-2015 process of formulating a new set of development goals to succeed the current UN development agenda (see infographic for overview of the post-2015 process). The final report of the OWG serves as input for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who will launch his synthesis report based on input from all advisory bodies and consultations before the start of the 69th UNGA in September 2014. After that, there will be a year of international negotiations and a new agenda will be formally adopted in September 2015.

This month’s upcoming events:

  • 14-15 April: ECOSOC Global Dialogue on Financing for Development , New York, US
  • 15-16 April: 1st High Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development  Cooperation, Mexico City, Mexico
  • 24-25 April: Ensuring Stable and Peaceful Societies in the Post-2015 Development Framework, New York City, US
  • 28-29 April: Expert Meeting on Global Justice, Poverty Eradication and the Post-2015 Development Agenda, Paris, France
  • 28-30 April: Pan-African Conference on Inequalities in the Context of Structural Transformation, Accra, Ghana

Check all post-2015 events here.

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