The Post-2015 Development Agenda: Setting the Stage!


Member States debate the “Role of Partnerships in the Post-2015 Development Agenda”

9-10 APRIL 2014 — A joint thematic debate of the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council on “The Role of Partnerships in the implementation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda” brought together Member States to address how strengthened global partnerships for sustainable development can contribute to the implementation of the post 2015 development agenda.

During the meeting, Member States stressed that the post 2015 development agenda must remain a Member State driven process and responsibility, however many acknowledged that accelerating progress towards the MDGs as well as shaping the post-2015 development agenda would require the active participation of all stakeholders including governments, civil society and the private sector.

The essential role of government in promoting enabling incentives for the private sector and ensuring they are aligned with national and global development priorities was highlighted. There was also a general consensus that public and private partnerships should be a complement and not a substitute to traditional Official Development Aid (ODA), which remains critical particularly for least developed countries.

Discussions focused on concrete solutions and ideas to address development challenges in the area of food, nutrition and sustainable infrastructure with intergovernmental cooperation through partnerships underscored as being essential to addressing these challenges.

The two day meeting was arranged around five panels each representing different themes including:
  • Realizing the MDG's: Building on Key Partnership Opportunities and the Way Forward
  • Collaborating with businesses, foundations, civil society and other actors in support of the Post-2015 Development Agenda
  • Towards a more effective framework for monitoring the implementation of global development goals
  • Scaling up partnership opportunities in food and nutritional security and marine resources
  • Scaling up partnership opportunities in sustainable infrastructure