Governments cannot achieve sustainable development on their own. It was widely aknowledged early on that the post-2015 processes needed to be inclusive, transparent, and based upon a diversity of perspectives and experience. Stakeholders at the national, regional and global level will be vital to the implementation and monitoring of a future development framework and thus had a vested interest in its design.
The importance of multi-stakeholder input and buy-in to the success of a future development agenda had been recognised at the international level and a number of UN-led global consultations had been launched to seek views on a new development framework, and provide evidence and perspectives on the sustainable development challenges people face.
Stakeholders contributed to the Sustainable Development Goals process in a number of different ways. See below for a full-list of some of the previous engagement opportunities for the intergovernmental process:
There were 23 broad thematic areas that were considered by the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (OWG on SDGs) and as a result the United Nations set-up advisory groups to inform the OWG on SDGs on each of these priorities. It was the responsibility of these working groups, which were known as thematic clusters to prepare joint position papers or briefs on the debated themes for the consideration of the OWG. Major Groups and other stakeholders were able to contribute to the Thematic Clusters, in the following ways:
• Comment and provide input on joint position papers
• Submit relevant material, such as background papers or articles
To learn more about the thematic clusters, see the Sustainable Development Knowledge Sharing Platform
Major Groups and Stakeholder Meetings with the OWG on SDGs
The co-chairs of the OWG held meetings with Major Groups and other stakeholder representatives. These meetings took place early in the morning before the start of OWG session days. The morning meetings were organised around the themes which were considered by the OWG on that day. The objective of these meetings was to enable co-chairs to capture concrete proposals and recommendations from a wide range of stakeholders on global goals to be considered later that day by the OWG.
A stakeholder panel would present the results of broad and wide thematic consultations conducted around the world on specific topics followed by interaction with the floor. Panellists were selected based on thematic expertise and contributions to the thematic clusters. For more information, visit the Sustainable Development Knowledge Sharing Platform
Intersessionals between stakeholders and the OWG on SDGs
The UN Secretariat held a full-day intersessional meeting between Major Groups and other stakeholders and the OWG. The purpose of the meeting was to provide Major Groups and other stakeholders with the opportunity to interact with the members of the OWG and provide inputs into the process on SDGs. Unlike the morning meetings, participants at the intersessionals are afforded the opportunity to discuss a range of issues regarding the work of the OWG, including: means of implementation; partnerships; the role of Major Groups and other stakeholders; and thematic priorities.
Sustainable Development Goals e-Inventory
The SDGs e-Inventory was an interactive online tool crowdsourcing proposals on global goals for the post-2015 period.
The e-Inventory provided all stakeholders with a platform to outline and disseminate their research on and recommendations for global goals. This information can then be used to inform the intergovernmental process on sustainable development goals (SDGs).
It also helped stakeholders (including governments and intergovernmental organisations) become better informed about the wide range of proposals, expectations and evidence-based arguments on SDGs and other global goals for development being proposed as part of the post-2015 development framework.