You are here

2013/06/26: Swiss Position on a Framework for Sustainable Development Post-2015

In June 2012, on the occasion of the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development, another mandate with similar aspirations was born: the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

[...| the goals should address and incorporate in a balanced way all three dimensions of Sustainable Development (social, economic and environmental) and their inter-linkages, and be coherent with and inte-grated into the post-2015 UN development agenda.

Here's the Swiss Position regarding such a Framework for Sustainable Development Post-2015.

Contents 

1 Background 1 

2 Looking back and ahead 1 

2.1 Building on the Millennium Declaration and the achievements of the Millennium Development Goals 2 

2.2 Building on the Rio Principles and Agenda 21 3 

2.3 Towards a new agenda on global Sustainable Development 3 

2.4 Towards a new global partnership for development 4 

3 Swiss Commitment 4 

4 Important elements of a new framework for Sustainable Development post-2015 5 

4.1 Principles 5 

4.2 Key characteristics 7 

4.3 Means of Implementation 8 

5 Key issues and topics 9 

6 Process 16 

1 Background 

For more than a decade, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have been the dominant development paradigm and organizing framework. They have substantially contributed to focus development co-operation efforts, strengthen the accountability requirement and mobilise support. In view of the 2015 expiry date, the MDG Summit Meeting of 2010 requested UN Secretary-General (SG) Ban Ki-moon to launch a consultative process on a follow-up framework after 2015. To that effect, the SG established a UN System Task Team in 2011 – co-chaired by UNDP and UN DESA – to coordinate preparations and to support the work of a High-level Panel which the SG appointed in May 2012 to advise him on the post-2015 UN development agenda. 

In June 2012, on the occasion of the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development, another mandate with similar aspirations was born: the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Rio+20 outcome document The Future We Want mandated the creation of an inter-governmental Open Working Group, that shall submit a report to the 68th session of the General Assembly (between September 2013 and September 2014) containing a proposal for SDGs. The outcome document furthermore stipulated that the goals should address and incorporate in a balanced way all three dimensions of Sustainable Development (social, economic and environmental) and their inter-linkages, and be coherent with and inte-grated into the post-2015 UN development agenda. 

An important milestone in the overall process will be marked by the Special Event on the MDGs and the Post-2015 UN Development Agenda (incl. SDGs), in September 2013 (68th UN GA), with i) a review of the MDG’s impact, and ii) the attempt to converge the two agendas (post-MDGs and SDGs).