Part 1:The Post-2015 Development Agenda - What is it and how can you engage?

The current global development framework, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), expires at the end of 2015.

Consequently, the international community and stakeholders around the world are currently engaged in a process to negotiate a new global framework to eradicate poverty through sustainable development: The post-2015 development agenda.

This new agenda will comprise both an overall narrative and guiding principles, and a new set of global goals, targets and indicators to incentivise and measure progress – proposed to be known as the sustainable development goals (SDGs).


The Post-2015 development agenda is currently formed of two distinct processes, or ‘tracks’:

1.    Member State-led (UN General Assembly) intergovernmental process to develop SDGs.

2.    UN Secretary-General-led discussions on what should replace the MDGs, supported by global stakeholder consultations.

These two tracks will converge in September 2014 into one intergovernmental process to work towards a single framework and single set of global goals. For now, these two tracks continue to operate separately (with efforts made to ensure that they are coordinated and mutually supporting).

We will consider them in turn, first the intergovernmental process on SDGs and the UN Secretary General-led track, followed by detail on how they converge.

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