Sustainable Development Goals: The Quest for a Post-2015 Agenda

The Observer Research Foundation and Saferworld, UK, with support from the UK Department of International Development, hosted a workshop in New Delhi in August 2014 with the objective of identifying priorities to help secure an inclusive agreement on the SDGs. This Policy Perspective presents a summary of key issues raised by participants from India, China, Brazil, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan and the African Union.

The global community is currently engaged in a wide-ranging process to define a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015. The scope of the SDGs has been informed by the deliberations of the Open Working Group (OWG) on the SDGs, which produced an Outcome Document in July 2014. This will serve as the basis for inter-governmental negotiations on the post-2015 agenda.

The Observer Research Foundation, India and Saferworld, UK, with support from the UK Department for International Development, hosted a workshop in New Delhi on August 13-14, 2014 with the purpose of understanding the broad range of perspectives on the SDGs. The workshop was attended by international stakeholders from China, Brazil, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan and high-level representatives of the African Union (AU).

The objective of engaging with policy stakeholders from India, the region and beyond was to identify respective priorities to help secure an inclusive agreement on the SDGs. This is of paramount importance, as the participation of the widest possible range of stakeholders in framing a new development agenda is essential if the selected goals and targets are to be legitimate and effective. The following is a summary of some of the key issues raised by the participants during the workshop.