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7 things you should know about FAO and the Post-2015 development agenda

Its title may appear mysterious, but the post-2015 development agenda is real, relevant and taking shape by the day.

03 Apr 2014 - As FAO launches dedicated webpages on post-2015, here are seven things to know about the process and how FAO is playing its part.

7 - Post-2015 development agenda - The name refers to the process through which Member States agree on a new global development framework to succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight goals that followed the UN Millennium Declaration in 2000.

6Successes and lessons learned  – With less than two years before reaching their target date, the MDGs have seen mixed success. The critical MDG1 target of halving extreme poverty by the end of 2015 has been met, but there are still 842 million people in the world suffering from chronic hunger. In an event at UN Headquarters in September 2013 to celebrate MDG successes and draw on lessons learned, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva highlighted the Zero Hunger Challenge as an initiative that could help bring about a hunger-free world "within our lifetimes”.

5 – Twin tracks –FAO has been working continuously to support twin post-2015 processes. The first is led by Member States (Open Working Group) and will propose a set of Sustainable Development Goals. The second, in parallel, involves public consultations and commissioned stakeholder reports, and is led by the UN Secretary-General.

4 - 14 themes – FAO has identified 14 themes, on which to provide technical support in developing the Sustainable Development Goals. The themes are based on the Organization’s global goals, with food security, nutrition, sustainable agriculture, rural development and the sustainable management of natural resources at their heart.

3 – Targets and indicators – FAO has begun mapping linkages between food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture and other development areas, ready to aid Members. The Organization is also teaming up with IFAD and WFP to identify common target areas and indicators, building on the five pillars of the Zero Hunger Challenge.

2 – Consultations - In the Secretary-General-led track, UN agencies are making sure the general public, civil society and other relevant stakeholders have their say in deciding new goals.

1 – New goals – Following the release of the Secretary-General’s report at the end of 2014, Member States will begin deliberations on new goals, leading to a summit in September 2015 when the post-2015 development agenda will be endorsed.

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