Critical thinking, integrated analysis and awareness raising on Sustainable Development Goals and a post-2015 development agenda

Post-2015 Update

9 March, 2015 – This week’s Post-2015 Digest provides a compilation of news, opinion, reports, and events on the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, including proposals for SDG indicators and a call for an ambitious agenda for gender equality.


  • Background information on list of proposed preliminary indicators. This reference document contains detailed information on the SDG indicators proposed by policy and statistical experts, based on the current OWG goals and targets. The document shows an average of two indicators per target, noting the sources of each proposed indicator, along with comments on further development, strengths, shortcomings, reliability and other possible implementation/monitoring issues.
  • Barbara Adams and Gretchen Luchsinger: The 2015 Declaration: Meeting great expecations (maybe). This note looks at the recent Post-2015 negotiations held 17-20 February 2015. It covers the beginning of the discussion on data and indicators, remarks on the Declaration, ideas for moving forward, and what has been left out of the agenda thus fair. Questions raised include: whether the role of the declaration is primarily political or to inspire the public, how common-but-differentiated-responsibilities is handled, and the full meaning of 'leave no one behind.'
  • DESA News: Volume 19, No. 03 – March 2015. DESA's newsletter includes, among other items: 1) an interview with the recently-appointed Secretary-General for Economic Development in UN DESA, Mr. Lenni Montiel; 2) an article on the data revolution, the monitoring of the Post-2015 agenda, and the UN Statistical Commission's meeting held this past week; and 3) a preview of upcoming events for training and capacity building related to understanding the post-2015 agenda.
  • Anna Knoll, Sebastian Grosse-Puppendahl and James Mackie (ECDPM): Universality and Differentiation in the Post-2015 Development Agenda. This discussion paper presents four key messages: 1) that translating universal post-2015 goals into national actions is a major challenge, as all actions should add up to global objectives and ambitions in order to collectively achieve sustainable development; 2) the need for a pragmatic and flexible differentiation system that should remain open to change and adaptation over time to ensure commitments are commensurate with national circumstances; 3) that there should be common rules and incentives which leave room for self-determination; and 4) that little discussion within the EU has taken place on what implementation of the OWG goals and targets concretely means.





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