Post-2015 Development Agenda Intergovernmental Negotiations – Stocktaking Session

The beginnings of critical intergovernmental negotiations to finalize the post-2015 development agenda took place at UN headquarters in New York on 19-21 January, 2015. During the three-day stocktaking session, senior United Nations officials underlined the importance of UN Member States’ participation in establishing strict timelines, financial support and progress monitoring systems in order to adopt the post-2015 development agenda and sustainability goals.

The session, which included the participation of Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General, Sam Kutesa, President of the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, and Martin Sajdik, President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), set off what will be a series of intergovernmental negotiations leading up to the September 2015 summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda. The negotiation modalities, agreed upon in January 2015, will encompass both broad outlines and detailed analyses of what will be incorporated in the finalized outcome document.

Sam Kutesa opened the stocktaking meeting, noting its excellent opportunity for the exchange of views on the inputs for the upcoming series of negotiations, including the proposal on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s), the report of the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing, the recommendations from the Structured Dialogues on a technology facilitation mechanism and the Secretary-General’s Synthesis Report.

Drawing attention to his report, ‘The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives and Protecting the Planet,” Ban Ki-Moon stated that both a compelling narrative and strengthened global partnership will be necessary in the negotiation of the post-2015 agenda’s final considerations.

Martin Sajdik affirmed both ECOSOC and the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development’s commitment to the implementation of the post-2015 agenda. He also emphasized the importance of inclusive global partnerships, taking into account the even greater necessity for renewed financing through partnership such an undertaking will require.

In this regard, the South-South Steering Committee for Sustainable Development (SS-SCSD) continues to engage relevant stakeholders in order to assist the international community, taking into account the various national circumstances, capacities and levels of development. It is only through international cooperation and partnership that Member States will be able to overcome all obstacles in agreeing on the Sustainable Development Goals and the implementation of the post-2015 agenda.

With less than 250 days to the target date for achieving the MDGs, Member States and stakeholders will use the upcoming negotiations to consider how to mobilize financial and technological resources to ensure the implementation of an all-encompassing post-2015 development agenda. The next few months will ultimately culminate years of transformative work towards achieving a truly sustainable future.