Written by Dr. Martin S Edwards from the School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University on the Centre for UN and Global Governance Studies site.
“As we approach 2015, the development agenda is becoming increasingly complex. The model for building the post-2015 sustainable development goals (hereafter SDGs) differs from that used to create the Millennium Development Goals. This time, the conventional intergovernmental negotiations have been preceded by a high level of civil society engagement. The UN’s sponsored World We Want project uses information from country consultations in 88 countries, the findings of 12 thematic discussions, as well as findings from internet surveys to map how civil society prioritizes these new goals. Understanding the dialogue surrounding the sustainable development goals can tell us something meaningful about the involvement of global civil society. With this new access, is civil society driving the conversation?”
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