Despite a strong evidence base and widespread affirmations of the connections between peace, good governance, and development, these issues remain among the most controversial in the post-2015 development agenda and are at risk of being left off the agenda in the intergovernmental process to forge a final agreement.
At the end of October 2013, Ambassadors from the Group of Latin American and Caribbean Countries in the United Nations, their key negotiators from respective capitals, civil society representatives, and UN System agencies from the region met in an Autumn Retreat on the Post-2015 Agenda. The retreat was sponsored by the United Nations Development Group for Latin America and the Caribbean with the participation of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.
The debate on what should follow the Millennium Development Goals after their 2015 deadline is now underway in earnest. But in some ways, agreeing to the new goals is the easy part. Governments also need to reach agreement on how those goals will be delivered – a question that touches on both financing and policies in a much wider range of areas, like trade, migration, sustainability, technology, and global governance reform.
On November 21, 2013 the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, NUPI, hosted a seminar with Richard Gowan, Editor of the Annual Review of Global Peace Operations 2013 and Associate Director at the Center on International Cooperation, New York University. The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is a primary supporter of the Annual Review as part of its long-standing partnership with the Center on International Cooperation.
On August 24th, the Permanent Missions of Afghanistan and Timor-Leste, along with CIC, hosted a discussion on the role of conflict, peace, and security in the post-2015 development framework. The primary purpose of the meeting was to allow for an informal exchange among member states to foster a common understanding on building peace, tackling instability and promoting governance.
H.E. Mr. Zahir Tanin, Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the United Nations
The debates surrounding the creation of a new development framework to follow the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have progressed significantly over the last three months, but will only gain in momentum and complexity as 2015 draws closer. CIC’s new publication, What Happens Now? Taking the Post-2015 Agenda to the Next Stage, considers both the substance and process for current debates on the post-2015 agenda.
On August 28, 2013 the NYU Center on International Cooperation and the United Nations Foundation convened an informal meeting to discuss how best to advance the building stable societies agenda as part of the post-2015 framework.
The Center on International Cooperation's Annual Review of Global Peace Operations 2013 is now available. The eighth in this series, launched in 2006, was published by Lynne Rienner and can be ordered at www.rienner.com.
The United Nations development system stands at a crossroads. It can either embrace the deep reform required to remain relevant to development in today’s global economy, or face the prospect of continued marginalization. Bruce Jenks and Bruce Jones explore the profound effects of twenty years of dramatic global shifts on development cooperation and the necessary changes required for the UN to adapt.