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Post-2015 Outcome Document Approved

Source:  Bond

Post-2015 Outcome Document Approved

The roadmap for development of the post-2015 framework was approved in an outcome document at the UN General Assembly.

UN MDGs Special Event 25 Septmeber 2013: Outcome Document (PDF)

The initial reaction of the Beyond 2015 campaign was to welcome the outcome document and congratulate member states on coming to a negotiated agreement. Beyond 2015 welcomed "the potential for transformational change in 2015".

Neva Frecheville, co-chair of Beyond 2015, said: “Member states have shown political impetus and set a roadmap forward. What we need now is action to deliver positive change in the lives of the poorest and most marginalised. Ensuring that all people are able to participate in the decisions which will affect their lives is key.”

Analysis of the Outcome Document:

Positives
We welcome the outcome document and congratulate member states on coming to a negotiated agreement that sets a roadmap for the development of the post-2015 framework. The clarity of the decision on a single framework and set of goals enables us all, civil society included, to work constructively towards an outcome that can transform the lives of the people who need it most – those experiencing the greatest poverty and vulnerability. A single, overarching, cross-thematic development framework will create the unified sense of purpose that was the spirit of the MDGs.

We also welcome the commitment to a coherent approach which integrates the three dimensions of sustainable development in a balanced manner, recognising the intrinsic inter-linkage between poverty eradication and the integration of economic transformation, social justice and environmental stewardship represented by the sustainable development agenda. Central to this is the recognition of common but differentiated responsibilities within a universal context.

The inclusion of peace and security, democratic governance, the rule of law, gender equality, and human rights for all within the outcome document is welcome and critical. Evidence and experience since 2000 illustrates that neither eradication of poverty nor achievement of sustainable development is possible without these elements. The post-2015 agenda calls for the radical transformational of the economy so that it serves people and planet.

Negatives
The outcome document fails to recognise the need for effective accountability within the post-2015 development agenda. The accountability of all actors, including government, the private sector and civil society, towards the poorest and most marginalised  should be at the centre of the new development agenda.

An inclusive and people-centred agenda means starting with the poorest and most excluded. It is only through the full participation of people of all ages and abilities at local, national and international levels of governance that human rights for all can be realised and accountability can be strengthened.

While clarity on the process is welcome, coherence between the various processes taking place is critical. This means ensuring that the Open Working Group on SDGs and the inter-governmental committee of experts on Sustainable Development Financing collaborate effectively.

Recommendations

While we remain committed to achieving the MDGs, we need more than an ‘MDG plus’ approach if we are to overcome the challenges which have inhibited inclusive and equitable development to ensure that no one is left behind. It is only through a transformative approach that those who have historically been excluded will enjoy their full ability to flourish with dignity.

We encourage member states to remember the Millennium Declaration, which created a vision of development that included the keystones of governance and human rights. We also encourage member states to remember that people globally have spoken clearly about the world they want to see over the last 18 months through the outreach of the High Level Panel of Eminent Persons, the national consultations and thematic deliberations held by the UN Development Group, as well as that which has been carried out by civil society itself.


subjects Global Partnership | Development | MDGs | Post 2015 Agenda

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