Millennium Development Goals and what comes after

In his five-year Action Agenda, presented on January 25th, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon listed the post-2015 agenda as one of the priorities for his second term. The UN Task Team on Post-MDG, composed of many UN agencies, OECD and other actors, was appointed already in November 2011 and met for the first time in the beginning of January. It will prepare a report for the Secretary General on Post-MDG agenda by the end of May. Then it will hand the work over to the newly created High-Level Panel.

In the meantime, the preparations for the UN Rio+20 Rio+20 Rio+20 was a UN conference of the highest possible level, including the heads of state and government or other high-level representatives. It was coordinated by UN Department of Social and Economic Affairs (DESA). Rio+20 was a follow up of two important events: the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), in Rio de Janeiro, and the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg. The conference took place 20 to 22 June 2012 and was accompanied by a number of side events (People’s Summit, Dialogue Days, Trade Union Assembly on Labour and Environment, etc.). One of the outputs of Rio+20 was the Sustainable Development Goals. Conference are on course. The zero-draft of the declaration has been released in the beginning of January. It mentions the intention to agree on Sustainable Development Goals which “should complement and strengthen the MDGs MDGs The Millennium Development Goals are eight international development goals that were officially establishing following the Millennium Summit of the United Nations in 2000. All 193 United Nations member states have agreed to achieve these goals by 2015. The ITUC advocates for the inclusion of Decent Work and Social Protection in the new development framework. in the development agenda for the post-2015 period, with a view to establishing a set of goals in 2015 which are part of the post-2015 UN Development Agenda.“ What it exactly means probably nobody knows, but it should become clearer in the coming months, as the summit approaches.

The new development goals will also need to be complementary with the Istanbul Programme of Action, adopted at the UN LDC IV Conference in May last year. The programme, with MDG at the core, outlines action for Least Developed Countries for 2011-2020.

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