What Happens Now? Time to Deliver the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Publication: Policy Brief

This September, the world’s leaders will gather in New York for a United Nations summit at which they will agree a new development framework to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which expire at the end of 2015.

We already know much about what will replace them, with countries debating a proposal for 17 Sustainable Development Goals. A great deal, however, remains unclear. Will this much more ambitious set of goals and targets really drive delivery? Does the new agenda create a narrative that will resonate beyond the UN’s negotiating rooms? What role will be played by poor, middle income, and rich countries?

This is the third in CIC’s series of What Happens Now? papers. Like the previous papers, it provides a guide for all those interested in the debate on the post-2015 development agenda – including for those who have not followed the process closely.

The paper:

  • Tells the story so far, including the MDGs’ track record, the origin of the post-2015 agenda, highlights of the process to date, and an overview of milestones over the remainder of the year.
  • Argues that there are unlikely to be major changes from the proposed 17 goals and 169 targets, but that there is much to play for on implementation and financing.
  • Calls for all stakeholders to look past the negotiation endgame, to 2016 and beyond: without an early commitment to delivery, the new agenda risks being discredited before it has got off the ground.

Read the full publication: What Happens Now? Time to Deliver the Post-2015 Development Agenda

More Resources

  • Publication: Policy Brief June 13, 2013 Pathfinders

    What happens now? – the Post-2015 Agenda after the High-Level Panel

    Last week saw the publication of the report of the UN High-level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, co-chaired by the heads of government of Indonesia, Liberia and the United Kingdom. It set an ambitious agenda centered on the eradication of absolute poverty by 2030, a more effective integration of development and sustainability, and the development of a global partnership able to turn that vision into reality.

  • Publication: Report October 23, 2013 Pathfinders

    What Happens Now? Taking the Post-2015 Agenda to the Next Stage

    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. It reviews key inputs into the intergovernmental process and provides a road map for member states geared toward negotiating a final agreement on a new international development framework.

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