The post-2015 agenda is in full swing and stakeholders should be prepared

Jeannet Lingán, Stakeholder Forum

Heads of State and government ministers gathered yesterday at the United Nations for the Special Event on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The Event was highly anticipated by stakeholders, governments and international organisations alike. There are three key points I would like to highlight:

Sustainable development is high on the intergovernmental agenda.

Many of the governments’ statements pointed out the need to move away from silos and start working on an integrated approach for poverty eradication and sustainability.  We owe much of this to the Rio+20 Conference process, which created and sustained momentum and political commitment on an integrated approach to sustainable development. Stakeholders engaged in the post-2015 agenda must contribute ideas and inputs on how to frame its narrative and shape the framework. They will also need to coordinate among themselves and start to think laterally about how this integration can be achieved, whilst still reflecting the key priorities of their constituencies.

A roadmap for the definition of the post-2015 development agenda has finally been clarified.

We now know what will happen with all the reports produced by the initiatives convened by the UN Secretary-General (High Level Panel, Sustainable Development Solutions Network, the Global Compact) and the national and regional consultations organised by the UN Development Group, and the Rio+20 processes (Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, Sustainable Development Finance Committee): they will be used as inputs for the forthcoming intergovernmental negotiations starting in September 2014. The outcome of these negotiations will be presented at a post-2015 summit in September 2015. This roadmap is very important information for stakeholders, many of whom have found the previous consultations confusing and with an unclear decision-making path. This will allow stakeholder groups to organise their activities and resources around these key milestones.

The post-2015 development agenda will be a comprehensive one. 

It will not only include a set of goals, targets and indicators. It will include options for means of implementation, including multi-stakeholder partnerships and other innovative mechanisms of leveraging finance beyond traditional aid flows. Stakeholders can contribute by using their experiences to convey what works, what does not work and how can we bring greater accountability to the implementation of this work, and to the actions of development actors from all sectors (private sector, governments, and civil society). Many of these conversations have already been happening for a while, especially around the Busan Aid Effectiveness Agenda and other spaces, and post-2015 will hopefully benefit as a consequence.