UNDP Report: Call for Sustainable Development
UNDP by Victoria Cole, July 27, 2015 Adjust font size:
The United Nations Development Programme, in partnership with the CCIEE and the SIIS, published a report entitled, "Rebalancing Global Economic Governance – Opportunities for China and the G20 beyond 2015." The report highlights the importance of global governance and sustainable development to "add value to ongoing debates and inform the work of policy makers and practitioners in China as well as around the world."
What Demands Does Global Economic Governance Need to Address? (Chapter 1)
1.2.1 An Ambitious Agenda and 17 SDGs
Current economic progress is unlikely to be sustainable in the long-term. The world population will grow by an additional 2 billion people by 2050. Without sharing resources and changing our production and consumption patterns, persisting inequities and resource deficits could intensify conflict, insecurity and human rights violations.
The UN Development Group (UNDG) has been working to implement an agenda defined by the MDGs. Moreover, the MDGs harnessed unprecedented support for an agenda focused on achieving human development at a time when the predominant thinking within the international community was more concerned with economic growth and open markets.
However, 2015 is the final year of the MDGs and the year when a new global development agenda will be adopted. It is hoped that via this Agenda, the international community will pave the way for a new concept of development that will adopt a more holistic approach to sustainable development. This framework can be subdivided into three core dimensions: economic, social and environmental.
The UN Secretary-General and the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development are expected to unite to form a unified global development agenda for Post-2015, with sustainable development at its core. In particular, the UN Secretary-General has launched several initiatives including:
- A High-level Panel (HLP) of Eminent Persons Consultations with more than 100 countries facilitated by the UNDG
- A global survey called "A Million Voices"
- A UN System Task Team on the Post-2015 UN Development Agenda
In 2014, the UN Secretary General prepared a Synthesis Report combining all of the reports, meeting and discussions related to the Post-2015 process, including the 17 SDGs, identified after the Rio +20 Conference follow-up process in 2012. The report proposed that a unified and universal development agenda should integrate six essential elements: dignity, people, prosperity, planet, justice and partnership.