Reflections on the UN General Assembly

David Hallam, UK Envoy for post-2015 Development Goals

Arriving in New York as the new UK Envoy on the post-2015 development goals, I confess to having been a little overwhelmed by the proliferation of both high-level and side events on the UN General Assembly (UNGA) calendar.This week has the unique ability to draw in deeply important voices from all corners of the world and all walks of life, and to land upon the hot topics that really matter.

Will governance be the first to go in post-2015 negotiations?

By Casey Dunning, Advisor to John Podesta for the U.N. High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Despite the multitude of pressing concerns discussed at this year’s UN General Assembly, the past week in New York has also managed to offer a glimmer of hope to the global community through the post-2015 agenda’s call to eradicate extreme poverty in less than two decades. 

Is it just about the goals?

By Ming Hwee Chong, Bahá'í International Community

The outcome document of Wednesday’s Special Event “Towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals” (MDGs) called for the adoption of “a single framework and set of Goals” at a Summit in September 2015.

Action now needed to deliver positive change in the lives of the poorest and most marginalised

By Beyond 2015

Time for governments to listen to the people and start discussing a post-2015 framework which tackles the structural causes of poverty and injustice. 

The participating organisations of the Beyond 2015 campaign today acknowledged the endorsement of the road map for the creation of an inclusive post-2015 agenda by Heads of States during the UN General Assembly. The clear decision for a single framework and set of goals enables us all, civil society included, to work constructively towards transformation in the lives of the people who need it most – those experiencing the greatest poverty and vulnerability.

What role for the private sector in the post-2015 development agenda?

Teresa Fogelberg and Pietro Bertazzi, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)

During the past few days in New York, discussions about a new global development agenda were in full swing both inside and outside the UN headquarters. The role of the private sector was discussed on several occasions, especially at the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit (19-20 September).

Indigenous Peoples' reflections on post-2015

Marta Benavides, El Salvador

It is both urgent and important to reflect on the activities of this week, as there has been a lot presented and little time to digest. This session of the General Assembly has so far seen the conclusion of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), the first meeting of its successor, the High Level Political Forum, and an agreement on a new process to agree the post-2015 development agenda, likely to run until 2030.