Post-2015 Process and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
The outcome document of the 2010 High-level Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly on the MDGs requested the Secretary-General to initiate thinking on a post-2015 development agenda, which has initiated an unprecedented global consultation process on what comes after the MDGs expire (the post-2015 process). Likewise, the outcome of the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development initiated an inclusive intergovernmental process to prepare a set of sustainable development goals (SDGs).
In July 2012, the Secretary-General launched his High-level Panel of Eminent Persons to provide guidance and recommendations on the post-2015 development agenda. The panel is chaired by the Presidents of Indonesia and Liberia and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Its 27 members include representatives from the private sector, academia, civil society and local authorities. The Secretary-General established the UN System Task Team on the Post-2015 UN Development Agenda, chaired by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs and the United Nations Development Programme, which brings together the efforts of more than 60 UN agencies and international organizations and ensures convergence of the post-2015 and SDGs processes.
Post-2015 national consultations have been undertaken in more than 70 countries, with Bangladesh receiving UN support to contribute to the post-2015 process. The first phase of national consultations explored what the next development agenda would focus on and engaged government, NGOs and civil society, and youth amongst others. Bangladesh submitted its report in 2013, proposing 11 goals based on these consultations:
- Unleashing Human Potential for Sustainable Development
- Eradication of Poverty and Inequality
- Increase Employment Opportunities and Ensure Workers’ Rights
- Ensuring Sustainable Food Security and Nutrition for All
- Ensuring Universal Access to Health and Family Planning Services
- Achieve Gender Equality in Social, Economic and Political Spheres
- Ensure Quality Education and Skills for All
- Ensure Environmental Sustainability and Disaster Management
- Ensure Good Governance
- Promotion of Sustainable Production and Consumption
- Promotion of International Cooperation for Financing Sustainable Development