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The Post-2015 Development Agenda and the Millennium Development Goals

FAO and Post-2015

A key objective in coming to a Post-2015 framework has been to involve the general public and other stakeholders – civil society and smallholders, businesses and the private sector, research institutions and academia – in helping to fashion new development goals.

The United Nations system has played a facilitating role in this global conversation. Along with close to 100 national and regional consultations, and a public survey, the UN Development Group (UNDG) identified 11 themes around which UN agencies were invited to organize formal and informal meetings with different stakeholders on current and emerging challenges, while highlighting key priorities for the new agenda.

Hunger, food security and nutrition

FAO and WFP co-led the global thematic consultation on Hunger, Food Security and Nutrition, supported by IFAD, and other UN agencies and programmes, including the SG’s High Level Task Force (HLTF) on Global Food Security, Unicef and the World Bank. The governments of Colombia and Spain sponsored the consultation.

With the aim of engaging a broad range of actors in collecting views on lessons learned from MDGs and the Post-2015 Development Agenda, the three-phase consultation culminated in the Madrid Statement.

Consultation on hunger, food security and nutrition

1. An on-line discussion (see: Issues Paper available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish)

2. WFP-FAO convened consultation of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) (see: vision and building blocks for a global agenda EN/ES/FR )

3. A High-level consultation hosted by the Governments of Spain and Colombia, Madrid, 4 April 2013 (see: Background and Agenda of the Madrid High-Level Consultation )

Under the leadership of different UN agencies, FAO was also involved in eight other global thematic consultations - environmental sustainability, education, governance, inequalities, population dynamics, growth and employment, water and sanitation, and energy.

“Hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition can be ended sustainably by 2025. The eradication of hunger and malnutrition must be definitive and irreversible based on the right of everyone to safe, sufficient, nutritious and affordable food. This vision is achievable. Bold and effective action is urgent and both a moral and political imperative.”

- taken from the Synthesis Report from the High Level Consultation (HLC) on Hunger, Food Security and Nutrition in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, Madrid, March 2013

A second round of consultations involving stakeholders is planned for 2014, with a focus on the means of implementation of a post-2015 Agenda. This time talks will take place at national level with leadership of UN entities at global level.

Proposed themes are:

  • Localising the post-2015 development agenda
  • Helping to strengthen capacities and institutions
  • Participatory monitoring, existing and new forms of accountability
  • Partnerships  with civil society and other actors
  • Partnerships with the private sector
  • Culture and development

FAO is using its capacity to provide knowledge and sponsor events designed to support and engage member states, stakeholders and the general public in the post-2015 process. They include: