Post-2015: Policy and Public Relations

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Marina Drummond, International Intelligence Unit, FGV

un-pin150Oft-cited, Bill Gates called the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) “the best idea for focusing the world on fighting global poverty that I’ve ever seen.” [1]

Everyone appears to agree on this point: that the MDGs were a fabulous awareness campaign. The concepts behind each goal seized the world’s attention, making everyone sit up, listen and believe.

The next big thing for global transformation

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By Anne-Sophie Stevance

This blog was originally published on the Future Earth website

Paula picture resizePaula Caballero Gomez is a driving force behind the creation of the Sustainable Development Goals. We spoke with her about why these represent a truly global effort, and how scientists can contribute to their success.

Climate change and global sustainable development goals

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Joy Hyvarinen , FIELD, Executive Director

This piece was originally published on the FIELD blog

New global sustainable development goals (also known as the “SDGs”) are expected to be the centrepiece of the UN post-2015 development agenda.

UN-climate-changepost-20156The Co-Chairs of the UN talks about the new sustainable development goals have identified potential focus areas that the goals could cover. Climate change is one of these areas.

Under the climate change heading, the Co-Chairs mention areas to be considered, including “reaffirming and reinforcing international commitments, such as limiting the increase in global average temperature through equitable reductions in greenhouse gas emissions …”.

What does the changing context of development finance mean for the post-2015 agenda?

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Annalisa Prizzon, Overseas Development Institute, Research Fellow at the Centre for Aid and Public Expenditure (CAPE)
This blog was originally published on the development progress blog which is running a series on finance and development

It’s a daunting task, trying to summarise a series of viewpoints from eminent researchers and experts on how the development finance landscape has evolved and what it all means for the financing of development beyond 2015.  While I doubt I can do justice to all the contributions so far, we need to take stock of the lessons contained in these different viewpoints.  I see four key questions that provide real food for thought.

The high level political forum: Strong enough to achieve the future we want, or merely as good as it gets for now?

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By Jan-Gustav Strandenaes, Senior Governance Adviser for Stakeholder Forum [1]

hlpf-for-jgs-article-resizeOn 9th July 2013, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) formally adopted by consensus the format and the organisational aspects of the high level political forum on sustainable development (HLPF). The forum will replace the existing body for sustainable development within the UN – the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) – which will close down after 21 years of hard work on 20th September, prior to the first meeting of the HLPF on 24th September 2013 (both will take place as part of the beginning of the 68th session of the UNGA).