Advancing Regional Recommendations on the post-2015 Development Agenda: A consultation with civil society

The UN-NGLS has released a new report entitled ‘Advancing Regional Recommendations on the post-2015 Development Agenda: A consultation with civil society’. The UN-NGLS invites you to share your reflections on the report, which will be compiled by NGLS and published on-line. You can read extracts from the introduction below.

“The United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) launched a consultation on 31 May 2013 to  gather critical analysis from civil society on the UN post-2015 development agenda. This initiative was  conducted in partnership with the Post-2015 Development Planning Team of the Executive Office of the  Secretary-General, and with support from the UN Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Ford  Foundation. The findings of the consultation, which will be delivered in two parts, serve as official input to the  UN intergovernmental process for defining the post-2015 development agenda.

This report, presenting recommendations from regional civil society networks, is delivered to the SecretaryGeneral, the President of the General Assembly, Heads of State and Government attending the General  Assembly Special Event on the Millennium Development Goals on 25 September, and theOpen Working Group  on Sustainable Development Goals (OWG on SDGs). This report also formed the basis of a day of dialogue between civil society and UN Member States on 22 September 2013 regarding regional recommendations  toward the post-2015 development agenda.

A subsequent report that integrates contributions from national and international civil society organizations  with these regional perspectives will be delivered in December 2013 to the Secretary-General, the President of  the General Assembly, and the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (OWG on SDGs).


Civil society networks and social movements from every world region have provided remarkably similar  accounts of economic, social and environmental crises, including extreme inequalities, extensive human rights  violations, and rampant natural resource exploitations that are overwhelming the world’s ecosystems. The  case for radical transformation is irrefutable. Within this consultation report, civil society analysts identify what  is causing these problems, and share evidence-based solutions. It is clear that the obstacles to achieving  sustainable development are not technical; they are political. The United Nations post-2015 development  discussions provide a timely opportunity to mobilize leadership and support for fundamental change to ensure  justice, equality, equity, and sustainability.

The recommendations received from regional civil society networks via this consultation convey strategies for  achieving development and sustainability in tandem. The analysis has been organized according to four main  objectives that surfaced from the inputs received:

  • Rebalance power relations for justice
  • Fulfill human rights and overcome exclusion
  • Ensure equitable distribution and safe use of natural resources
  • Establish participatory governance, accountability and transparency”

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