2015 is a crucial year for sustainable development. The intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 agenda, Financing for Development and a new agreement on climate change are in full motion. The Government of India, a diverse set of national CSOs and other stakeholder groups are feeding in an Indian perspective into these processes. Follow our Post-2015 Bulletin to get regular updates on their contribution into the negotiations.
Building on its commitment to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), India has responded to the call of the UN Secretary General for inclusive broad based consultations on the post 2015 development agenda. Beginning in September 2012, eight national conveners, representing the government, trade unions, industry, women’s associations, farmer’s associations, research institutions, civil society and youth organizations undertook constituency-based consultations throughout the country on the changing global context, the national context and suggestions for the new post 2015 framework.
The report released by the High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda sets out a universal agenda to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030, and deliver on the promise of sustainable development. The report calls upon the world to rally around a new Global Partnership that offers hope and a role to every person in the world. The Panel was established by the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and co-chaired by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron.
The UN Secretary General’s report to the 68th session of the General Assembly drew on the work of the High Level Panel on the Post 2015 Development Agenda and National Consultations held around the world. The report assesses progress to date in achieving the MDGs and identifies actions that can contribute to accelerating achievement by 2015. It outlines the necessity to make a transition to a new development agenda that builds on the MDGs and leads to a universal post 2015 development agenda, with sustainable development as its core.
A Million Voices: The World We Want
This report by the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) collects theperspectives on the ‘world we want’ from over 1 million people around the globe. For almost one year, people have engaged energetically in 88 national consultations, 11 thematic dialogues, and through the MY World global survey. As member states consult on the shape and content of a successor framework to the MDGs beyond 2015, it is hoped that the opportunity to listen to these voices will contribute to reaching consensus on what is needed to move towards a common sustainable future.
This report is based on a master set of data that has been compiled by the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on MDG Indicators led by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat, in response to the wishes of the General Assembly for periodic assessment of progress towards the MDGs.
The year 2015, being the terminal year for the present MDGs as well as the year for shaping up the post 2015 development agenda, is of crucial importance in the development process around the globe.
India and the MDGs: Towards a Sustainable Future for All
The document analyzes India’s progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) over the past 14 years and outlines policy recommendations that could accelerate progress
The new Millennium Development Goals Report 2014 shows that millions of people’s lives have improved due to concerted global, regional, national and local efforts to achieve the MDGs, which serve as the foundation for the next global development agenda.
“The Millennium Development Goals were a pledge to uphold the principles of human dignity, equality and equity, and free the world from extreme poverty,” Mr. Ban said. “The MDGs, with eight goals and a set of measurable time-bound targets, established a blueprint for tackling the most pressing development challenges of our time.”
The ‘Millennium Development Goals (MDG) India Country Report-2014’ captures India’s progress towards the MDGs to be achieved by 2015. The year 2014, being the penultimate year for the MDGs, acquires significance in assessing realistically India’s progress in meeting the various targets under the MDGs as well as to take a stock of the areas where the progress is not up to expected levels.
The Report says that the MDGs have been the most successful global anti-poverty push in history. Significant and substantial progress has been made in meeting many of the targets—including halving the number of people living in extreme poverty and the proportion of people without sustainable access to improved sources of drinking water. Remarkable gains have been made in the fight against malaria and tuberculosis. There have been visible improvements in all health areas as well as primary education. The report looks at the areas where action is needed most: hunger, maternal health, sanitation and environmental protection. This report also shows that the achievement of the MDGs has been uneven among and within countries.
The 2011 India Country Report brought out by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation is a special edition that captures for a few important goals, the latest changes in data which are going to affect the level of achievement in the year 2015 at the national level. This report is a systematically compiled account of the statistical measures of MDG-outcomes presented with the programmatic instruments of the government that are directly or indirectly linked with achieving the targets of the MDGs.
The 2015 edition of the United Nations World Water Development Report, titled Water for a Sustainable World demonstrates how water resources and services are essential to achieving global sustainability.
In view of the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, likely to include increased access to water and energy services, this fifth edition of the United Nations World Water Development Report (WWDR 2014) seeks to inform decision-makers (inside and outside the water and energy domains), stakeholders and practitioners about the interlinkages, potential synergies and trade-offs, and to highlight the need for appropriate responses and regulatory frameworks that account for both water and energy priorities.
The Working Group I contribution to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) provides a comprehensive assessment of the physical science basis of climate change in 14 chapters, supported by a number of annexes and supplementary material. A total of 209 Lead Authors and 50 Review Editors from 39 countries and more than 600 Contributing Authors from 32 countries contributed to the preparation of Working Group I AR5. It will comprise three Working Group reports and a Synthesis Report.
The 2014 Human Development Report highlights the need for both promoting people’s choices and protecting human development achievements. It takes the view that vulnerability threatens human development and, unless it is systematically addressed, progress will be neither equitable nor sustainable.
The United Nations Development Action Framework 2013-17 guides the collective work of the United Nations in India. Under the UNDAF, the UN Agencies that have the privilege to serve in India work in support of national development priorities of the 12th Five Year Plan and internationally agreed goals including the Millennium Development Goals. The UNDAF has been prepared in partnership with the Planning Commission and Line Ministries of the Government of India, Civil Society Organisations and the United Nations in India. The UNDAF is co-signed by the Planning Commission and UN Agencies in India.
The UN in India book provides a snapshot of the collective work that the UN agencies, funds and programmes have undertaken during 2008-12 to support government and national initiatives aimed at reducing poverty, hunger and malnutrition; promoting education, health and HIV/AIDS services, encouraging women’s empowerment and reducing gender-based violence, supporting governance and convergence, promoting disaster risk reduction and management, and encouraging sound environmental policies.
The United Nations Development Assistance Framework or UNDAF 2008-12, aligned to the Government of India’s 11th Five Year Plan aimed at ‘Promoting social, economic and political inclusion for the most disadvantaged, especially women and girls.’ UN collective interventions were focused in seven priority states: Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.