Building a post-2015 sustainable development agreement

September 2013 to September 2015

This project is intended to support the development of a global sustainable development agreement to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015.

The MDGs have been immensely effective in galvanising public support for development in donor countries, for mobilising aid resources, and for increasing accountability in many developing countries. In 2015, the current set of targets will expire, and although much progress will have been made, many of the targets will not have been met.

To get a renewed agreement that can best tackle global poverty and promote sustainable development after 2015, it is essential that the post-MDG agenda is developed on the basis of clear analysis of current problems, and of the international agreement most likely to solve them.

The purpose of this project is to provide an evidence base and propose options for policy makers on how to move forward.

The project is focused around three key areas:

1.       New Ideas

We intend to develop thinking on how a post-2015 agreement might best promote progress on sustainable development in specific areas, including those covered by the existing MDGs and new issues. We will also take forward some of the issue areas from the High Level Panel report and the Secretary General’s report and continue to work on cross-cutting issues.

2.       New Numbers

As attention turns to how a new agreement might be measured and monitored, we plan to build on existing work through the MY World project and elsewhere to develop ideas for innovative methods of monitoring a new agreement, and identify what new systems and resources would be needed to meet growing aspirations for new and better data.

3.       New Relationships

Ensuring a strong global network and a commitment to information sharing are crucial to the success of this project. We will continue to track the debate and ensure a vigorous and extensive public affairs programme.

Current funders of this project  include: Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT),

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) Netherlands, United Nations Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, World Resources Institute


The SDGs at city level: Mumbai's example

Working and discussion papers | April 2016 | Paula Lucci and Alainna Lynch
With more than half the world's population now living in cities, urban areas will play a key role in SDGs implementation.

More and better jobs: Does everyone want the same?

Research reports and studies | July 2014 | Laura Rodriguez-Takeuchi
This paper reviews data from the My World global survey in five developing countries and the different priorities people have concerning their employment situation.

Zero poverty... think again: the impact of climate change on development efforts

Working and discussion papers | March 2014 | Miren Gutiérrez, Will McFarland and Lano Fonua
Climate change will affect the achievability of any future development goals through its impacts on areas such as agriculture, water and health, and through its many indirect impacts. This paper reviews what is known about the impacts of climate change on potential...

Data revolution: development's next frontier

Comment | 28 January 2014 | Claire Melamed
'Bad data is a recipe for bad decisions. Without data, governments and other institutions and individuals trying to make policies or run programs in any sector are operating almost blindly. They can’t know what inputs are needed where. And they can’t know if the...
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