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Five ways to engage in the Post-2015 Agenda

Trends from the World We Want 2015 Visualizations


As the post-2015 development agenda approaches a defining moment with the negotiation of Sustainable Development Goals, we present some of the innovative tools available for the general public to participate in the process to define new global development goals.


UN initiatives

1. My World - What People Want

New ways to analyse the “global conversation” on the post-2015 development agenda have been launched by the World We Want 2015 Policy and Strategy Group. The Trends page includes interactive maps, where users can view top priorities broken down by country, sex, age and education, and a visualization tool aimed at making the platform “more user-friendly and more accessible, inviting people to consume the data”.

Co-owned by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and civil society, the World We Want 2015 had initially launched in 2013 a poll of the world’s citizens on their top priorities for new goals. By April 2014, the MY World survey had gathered more than 1.7 million individual views from 194 countries.

               - MY World Priorities Heat Map

               - The World We Want 2015 Activity Map 

               - Post-2015 Social Media Conversation  

2. The Global Partnership on Youth in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Through crowdsourcing, this initiative seeks engagement of youth in developing specific language to develop targets on youth that will be used as an input to the post-2015 development agenda. Targets should be SMART: specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound. Experts from within the UN system and youth-led organizations will help moderate content.

3. Post-2015 Online Learning Course

Entitled An Introduction to the Post-2015 Development Agenda, CIFAL Scotland offers an e-learning course dedicated to the post-2015 agenda, and with a particular focus on the intergovernmental process on Sustainable Development Goals. Conducted through the virtual learning platform of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), the aim of the course is to enhance the capacity of participants to engage with the international agenda on the Post-2015 Development Framework.


Non-UN initiatives

4. A guide for young people to shape the future

Designed for young people and grassroots youth organizations involved in post-2015 consultations, this guide offers a comprehensive toolkit and provides tips on how to share findings with key influencers in the post-2015 process.

5. The Southern Voice Initiative

Launched to encourage participation in the discussion on post-2015 framework and targets, this initiative provides platform for Southern think tanks to exchange views on post-2015 global development agenda and beyond.