How far down the road? Comments on the Secretary-General's Synthesis Report on Post-2015

Research reports and studies
December 2014
Andrew Norton and Elizabeth Stuart
The key messages of this report are:

  • Targets are as important as goals – and need to be slimmed down. This paper offers some tentative pointers to the generation of a tighter target set.

  • There should be two kinds of target – one globally comparable, the other geared to capturing national context and therefore to be determined at the national level, although this paper focusses only on the former.

  • The report also gives the latest update on the SDG negotiation process, including that the UN General Assembly has now said civil society and the private sector views will continue to be sought during this next phase.