Post-2015 Agenda for Sustainable Development
As the target time frame of the Millennium Development Goals will run out in 2015, Heads of States and Governments asked the UN Secretary-General in September 2010, on the occasion of the MDG + 10 Summit, to develop ideas for a successor framework by 2013.
UN Member States attending the Conference for Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro in 2012 resolved to formulate new goals for sustainable development based on the MDGs and to integrate them into a development agenda for the time period after 2015.
Against this background, the UN Secretary-General appointed a high-level panel of advisors in 2012 which included past German President Horst Köhler. This “High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons”, made up of 27 representatives from politics, science, civil society and business, submitted a report to the Secretary-General with recommendations for an outline of a post-2015 agenda. This report supplied important input for inter-governmental discussions.
In a special event of the UN General Assembly in September 2013, Member States determined that the further process of developing the post-2015 Agenda for sustainable development would be based on this report.
First, presently active Working Groups (such as the Open Working Group for Sustainable Development Goals and the Group of Experts on Financing Sustainable Development) should submit their reports by the summer of 2014.
Subsequently, starting in September 2014, the 69th General Assembly should initiate an inter-governmental negotiation process which would take into account all reports that have been submitted and consultations that have taken place up to that time. The content and objectives of a cohesive post-2015 agenda are meant to be negotiated and officially adopted by a UN Summit by September 2015.
The German Federal Government is committed to a comprehensive set of goals that are meant to eliminate poverty through sustainable development within one generation. It needs to guarantee the prosperity and well-being of all people and take into account the limits of the environmental burdens of the earth. This newly sought system should be universally applicable, containing goals not only for developing and emerging countries but also for the industrialized nations and thus the entire world. It must be reinforced by every nation’s personal responsibility, taking into account different national conditions, capabilities and development standards. Respect should also be paid to national political approaches and priorities.
Germany is convinced that the elimination of poverty and the support of sustainable development are interrelated and can strengthen each other.
The content of the post-2015 agenda should therefore be oriented along the lines of the Millennium Declaration and the Rio+20 final outcome document. This means that the MDGs that have not been reached by 2015 still need to be pursued. At the same time, it is important that elements of sustainability, as well as the promotion and protection of universal human rights and good governance be integrated into the new development framework.