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Post-2015 inputs*

Open Working Group

A 30-member Open Working Group of the General Assembly is mandated by the Rio+20 Outcome document to prepare a proposal on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for consideration by the Assembly at its 68th session (Sept. 2013 – Sept. 2014).

The Open Working Group was established on 22 of January 2013 by decision of the General Assembly. The Member States have decided to use an innovative, constituency-based system of representation that is new to limited membership bodies of the General Assembly. This means that each seat in the Group is shared by 1-4 Member States. These country teams will decide themselves how they will be represented in the OWG meetings.

The Rio+20 outcome document states that, at the outset, the OWG will decide on its methods of work, including developing modalities to ensure the full involvement of relevant stakeholders and expertise from civil society, the scientific community and the United Nations system in its work.

High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda

In July 2012, the UN Secretary-General launched his High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Co-chaired by the Presidents of Indonesia and Liberia and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, the Panel assembled representatives from civil society, private sector, academia and local and national governments. In May 2013 the Panel published its report with its vision and recommendations on a global development agenda beyond 2015.  

UN System Task Team on the Post-2015 UN Development Agenda

Established by the UN Secretary-General in January 2012, the UN System Task Team on the Post-2015 UN Development Agenda assembles more than 60 UN agencies and international organizations. Co-chaired by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs and the United Nations Development Programme the Task Team supports the process by providing analytical thinking and substantial inputs.

The Task Team published its first report titled Realizing the Future We Want for All in June 2012. The report outlined the vision of the United Nations system on the global development agenda beyond 2015. The Task Team is currently engaged in three work streams. Two working groups to provide analytical inputs on the global partnership for development and on monitoring and indicators were established to further thinking on these important issues.

An inter-agency technical support team (TST) has been established to support the Open Working Group, under the umbrella of the UN System Task Team. The TST is co-chaired by DESA and UNDP, and it consists of over 40 UN entities. The TST provides technical support, including analytical inputs, background material and expert panellists. An information platform will share UN system knowledge with the OWG.

National, global and thematic consultations

In order to facilitate an inclusive global conversation, the United Nations Development Group initiated consultations at the national and global level as well as a set of eleven thematic consultations.

National consultations took place in more than 80 developing and developed countries in various forms and shapes. They included online and offline outreach tailored to national circumstances and needs, and they were closely linked to national development priorities.

In order to facilitate a global conversation where each citizen can make their voice be heard, the initiative My World was established. Without having to sign up, users selected their six priorities out of a list of 16 different themes. Results of the survey were submitted to the Secretary-General's High-level Panel.

A set of eleven multi-stakeholder thematic consultations was convened. Each thematic consultation was led by two or more UN agencies who work closely together with representatives from civil society, the private sector and academia as well as with co-hosting governments. The consultations aim to explore the role such themes could play in a new framework, different ways in which they can be best addressed, and the interlinkages between them.

Sustainable Development Solutions Network

The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), led by Jeffrey Sachs, is a global, independent network of research centres, universities and technical institutions that works with stakeholders including business, civil society, UN agencies and other international organizations. As a first step, the network will establish 10 global expert groups to support global problem solving in ten critical areas of sustainable development. SDSN also provides technical support to the High-level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

UN Global Compact

The UN Global Compact has been actively involved in ensuring that the views and contributions of businesses and the private sector feed into the post-2015 process.

The UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS)

The UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service, an inter-agency UN programme mandated to promote and develop constructive relations between the UN and civil society organizations, produced its own report to the General Assembly Special Event on the Millennium Development Goals on 25 September 2013 and the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (OWG on SDGs). The report synthesized contributions from regional civil society networks.

* Above content extracted from UN Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform