October Newsletter: World leaders renew commitment to achieve Millennium Development Goals and call for summit to develop new global goals

 October 7, 2013
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World leaders renew commitment to acheive the MDGs and call for summit to develop new global goals

Last month world leaders gathered in New York at the UN General Assembly and recommitted to the moral imperative of achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and bettering the lives of millions of people, while at the same time agreed a new plan for agreeing what must follow them, culminating in a 2015 summit to agree the new framework. Further steps were also taken to converge the two tracks of the post-MDG process and the Rio+20 process for developing universal Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Governments now must ensure that the process going forward is as inclusive, transparent and participatory as possible drawing on innovative solutions from all stakeholders.
Farooq Ullah, Executive Director, Stakeholder Forum
Stakeholder Forum and the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) have partnered to conduct an initial review of the progress on key negotiated and voluntary commitments made at Rio+20.
Stakeholder Forum welcomes the outcome of the Special Event towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), in which governments urge greater action on key areas where progress is off-track, and outline a roadmap for a new process to develop a single set of goals to replace the MDGs when they expire. Nevertheless, the involvement of stakeholders remains crucial for progress both before and beyond 2015.
The interactive timeline lists key milestones for the post-2015 development agenda and three of the primary post-Rio+20 processes: the Expert Committee on a Sustainable Development Financing Strategy; the high level political forum; and the sustainable development goals. The timeline has now been updated to include developments made during the opening of the 68th session of the UN General Assembly.
 Online Course
Stakeholder Forum, CIFAL Scotland, and the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) will next month be commencing a three-week online course open to all. The course aims to enhance the capacity of stakeholders to understand and engage with the process to create new universal Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Outreach Magazine
During the high-level segment of the 68th session of the UN General Assembly, Stakeholder Forum published five issues of its multi-stakeholder magazine Outreach. The editions covered a range of topics, such as global governance, stakeholder participation in intergovernmental processes, the lessons learned from the MDGs, and incentivising and measuring progress on sustainable development going forward.

Additional Updates

Summary of the Major Groups and other Stakeholders’ Briefing Days

In preparation for the high level segment of the 68th session of the UN General Assembly, Stakeholder Forum, in partnership with the UN Department of Social and Economic Affairs (UNDESA) and CIVICUS, organised two briefing days for Major Groups and other stakeholders at UN HQ in New York. A
Comprehensive analysis of the proposals housed in the SDGs e-Inventory will be conducted this month. For proposals to be included in the analysis, they will need to be submitted by 18th of October. What is your vision for the new global goals framework?  
Following World Water Week and in the lead-up to the UN climate change conference in November , Stakeholder Forum has endorsed the Stockholm International Water Institute’s (SIWI) recommendations on ways to enhance the relevance of the Nairobi Work Programme, which aims to assist all countries improve their understanding and decision-making on climate change adaptation.
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