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The Post-2015 Development Agenda and the Millennium Development Goals



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World leaders adopt the Millennium Declaration, a shared vision


September 2010

MDG Summit, UN Member States take first steps towards advancing the ‘Post‐2015 Development Agenda’. Secretary-General releases report Keeping the promise: a forward-looking review to promote an agreed action agenda to achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015

FAO contributes to SG report, co-leading the thematic paper on hunger and supporting papers on MDG 3, MDG 4-5-6 and MDG 7

June 2012

Rio+20, governments commit to the promotion of a sustainable future, and mandate an intergovernmental Open Working Group to form a set of Sustainable Development Goals

FAO contributes report to Rio+20: “Towards the Future we Want: End hunger and make the transition to sustainable agricultural  and food systems”


UNDG identifies 11 Global Thematic Consultations, which together with 87 national consultations and the MyWorld Public Survey, engage 1.3m people in visualising new goals

FAO co-leads the Thematic Consultation on Hunger, Food Security and Nutrition, leading to the Madrid Statement

March 2013 – June 2013

First four sessions of the OWG on SDGs

FAO co-leads interagency issues briefs on sustainable agriculture (with IFAD) and food security and nutrition (with WFP) at 3rd OWG.

May 2013

SG-appointed High Level Panel of Eminent Persons releases post-2015 report, “A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies through Sustainable Development

FAO provides analysis of the High Level Panel Report on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. FAO Deputy Director-General provides oral feedback at 3rd OWG session.

June 2013

UN Global Compact releases report to Secretary-General on post-2015


September 2013

Sustainable Development Solutions Network releases report to Secretary-General


September 2013

UNDG releases report based on consultations/public survey, “A Million Voices: The World We Want


September 2013

SG hosts ‘MDG success: Accelerating Action and Partnering for Impact’, showcasing multistakeholder partnerships as a model for the Post-2015 Agenda

FAO’s Director-General, speaking on behalf of the High Level Task Force on Global Food Security, delivers a keynote address on the Zero Hunger Challenge

September 2013

SG presents report on the MDGs and the post-2015 agenda at the UNGA, “A Life of Dignity for All


September 2013

General Assembly adopts the Outcome Document of the Special Event on MDGs.  


November 2013 - February 2014

Second four sessions of OWG on SDGs

FAO organises the 8th OWG, co-leading the preparation of interagency issues briefs on oceans and seas, forests and biodiversity.

February - June 2014

The President of the 68th session of the UNGA, John Ashe, organises six multi-stakeholders events to advance consensus on the post-2015 Agenda

March - July 2014

The OWG on SDGs moves into negotiation phase

FAO co-leads technical inputs in three proposed goals – food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture; oceans and marine resources; and ecosystems, biodiversity, forests and mountains and land/soils   

August 2014

The Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing issues its final Report.


The UNDG organises a second round of consultations among stakeholders focusing on the ‘soft’ means of implementation of a post-2015 Agenda: participation, inclusion, capacity development and partnerships.

September 2014

OWG on SDGs reports back to UNGA with proposals for a set of 17 SDGs and 169 targets. UNGA resolution deciding OWG report on SDGs will be “main basis for integrating SDGs into the post-2015 development agenda”.


December 2014

UN Secretary-General releases his synthesis report on the post-2015 sustainable development agenda: “The road to dignity by 2030: ending poverty, transforming all lives and protecting the planet”. The report proposes an integrated set of six essential elements: dignity; people; prosperity; planet; justice; and partnership. 


January-July 2015

Intergovernmental negotiations begin on the post-2015 development agenda 


February-June 2015

The President of the 69th session of the UNGA, Sam Kutesa, organises three High-Level Thematic Debates and one High-Level Event to make contributions to the process of formulating the post-2015 development agenda.

26 June 2015 - 8 July 2015 

High-level Political Forum 2015 (under the auspices of ECOSOC):The HLPF was conceived as an overarching platform in an accountability framework to review the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The GA mandated the forum to conduct “regular reviews starting in 2016 on the follow-up and implementation of sustainable development commitments and objectives, including means of implementation”.

13-16 July 2015

Third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa will agree on the financing modalities for the Post-2015 Development Agenda


15-28 September 2015

70th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 70) 

25-27 September 2015

High-level summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The interactive dialogues of the summit shall have an overarching theme entitled “Transforming the world: realizing the post-2015 development agenda”.

31 December 2015

MDGs conclude