Seminar series on the world after 2015

During two years time we hosted a series of seminars together with the UNDP Nordic Office titled “After 2015 – The road towards the next global development agenda”.

This seminar series explored the path towards the formation of the current Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the new global development agenda. It traced the key issues the international community needed to consider as it sought a vision for global development after the expiration of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015.

Below you can reference all our seminars and hear what our speakers and participants had to say as one development era come to a conclusion and a new one was ushered in.

Financing the climate deal – the crunch issue for COP21

Ahead of COP21 our seminar looked at climate finance, a potential major stumbling block to success, from a variety of perspectives. How much will it cost to mitigate and adapt and how do we calculate it? What is the cost of insufficient action? At the end of the seminar, there was a panel discussion about the expectations for COP21. Will it deliver a sufficiently strong deal? If so, what will such a deal look like? If not, where do we go from there? LEARN MORE.


Seminar on the Syrian crisis

What will it take to contain the current refugee crisis in Europe and build hope for the millions of IDPs, refugees and affected populations? Gustavo Gonzalez, head of UNDP Sub-Regional Response Facility for the Syrian Crisis in Amman, gave an overview of the current situation in the sub-region, and outlined the initial results and challenges to building hope and resilience in Syria and the neighbouring countries. LEARN MORE.


Agenda 2030: Linking development to peace, justice and strong institutions – What can we learn from the Colombian peace process?

The new development agenda – the Global Goals for Sustainable Development –recognises the links between development and peace by including a goal on peace, justice and strong institutions, goal 16. Using the Colombian peace process as a starting point,UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Colombia, Fabrizio Hochschild, explored the interface between peace and development, as well as opportunities and challenges for the implementation of goal 16. LEARN MORE.


Financing development: High expectations for conference in Addis Ababa

Gail Hurley UNDPThe Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are expected to define an ambitious and bold development agenda, following the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Gail Hurley, Policy Specialist on development financing and UNDP’s focal point for the upcoming Financing for Development conference in Addis Ababa, spoke about the financing of this new, post-2015 development agenda during a seminar organised by the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation and UNDP Nordic office in Stockholm in June. LEARN MORE.



What Counts? Harnessing the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development

DatarevolutionToday, data is generated much more widely and frequently than before, thanks to greater awareness of data use, the evolution of software, and better technical and analytical tools. This data revolution is paving the way for profound transformations in how we approach development, analyse the challenges and better monitor the sustainable development goals. LEARN MORE.



From New York to Paris: UN efforts to break the climate deadlock

2014-09-18 09.17.45Climate change poses significant challenges to global development, threatening to undermine poverty reduction and endanger the livelihoods of billions. LEARN MORE.




Almedalen 2014: Seminar on post-2015

P1060609During the annual week of political discussions in Almedalen (Visby, Sweden) the Foundation participated with several activities, among other a seminar on post-2015. LEARN MORE.





Towards a new development agenda post-2015: Governance, rule of law, human rights and democracy

MDGsnewThat good governance, rule of law and human rights play a crucial role for social and economic development has long been recognized. The recognition has gained considerable traction in discussions about the post-2015 agenda, the new global development agenda meant to supersede the Millennium Development Goals. LEARN MORE.




So rich, yet so poor

So rich yet so poorMargot Wallström, former UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict and Saidou Arji from Publish What You Pay spoke about Natural Resources in the context of the post-2015 agenda. LEARN MORE.





Universal goals and targets for post-2015

GoalstargetsAs we are quickly approaching 2015 – the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals – and the formulation of the new set of development goals, debates of what targets and indicators to include are multifold. This event was held in Swedish. Here is a summary in English. LEARN MORE.





The youth bulge in a graying world – a demographic challenge?

YouthBulgeToday, half of the world’s population is under 25 years of age, while 11% of the world’s population is aged 60 and over. The share of young and elderly will rise significantly by 2030, when the world’s population is estimated to reach 8 billion. LEARN MORE.





Drivers or spoilers – What can we expect from the private sector?

DriversorspoilersIn order to eradicate extreme poverty and ensure lasting and sustainable human development actors from all sectors need to cooperate and contribute. To fulfill the post-2015 vision, new partnerships – especially with the private sector – have been called for by both the High Level Panel and the UN Secretary General. It has however not been clearly formulated how these new partners should play in. LEARN MORE.




Universal goals for national action

Rule of lawA seminar on governance and Rule of Law as the foundation for human development. There is a strong correlation between Rule of Law and the level of development in a society. LEARN MORE.





UN development at a crossroads

UNcrossroadsUN Development at a Crossroads – what does it take to fix it? This seminar addresses the changing landscape in the world today, the emerging challenges for the UN development system in the future, and a possible way forward through reform. LEARN MORE.





Will the world pay for its vision?

VisionHow can we finance sustainable development? The negotiations on priorities and goals for the new development agenda will lead to an important but difficult debate on where the necessary resources should come from. LEARN MORE.





Turning visions into goals

Diallo-BissioGlobal consultations have been held, people’s voices have been heard, numerous papers and reports have been published – but what can we realistically expect as the world’s leaders soon gather in New York to advance the international development agenda beyond 2015? LEARN MORE.





Almedalen 2013: Sweden and the post-2015 agenda

Almedalen 2013Conversation between representatives of Sweden’s political parties during Almedalen 2013. How do we best capture today’s challenges in a new set of Development Goals? What will Sweden push for and what have we learnt during the years with the Millennium Development Goals? Round-table debate with representatives of Sweden’s political parties. LEARN MORE.




Beyond economic growth and global statistics – Measuring real development

PowerofnumbersWhat we measure and how we measure it is closely linked with the way we define and interpret development. A major strength of the current MDGs is their conciseness – with time-bound quantitative targets and measurable indicators. At the same time, the MDGs have been criticized for being too simplistic, neglecting social dimensions and inequalities in terms of gender, age, ethnicity and other variables. LEARN MORE.




Toward zero hunger and sustainable food production?

TowardszerohungerGlobal food security and nutrition in the post-2015 agenda: Halving the number of people who suffer from hunger by 2015 – the first MDG – is within reach. et, 870 million people are still chronically undernourished in the world. LEARN MORE.





Goals for the rich – Making the next development agenda relevant and aspirational for all

NewglobalagendaMany people argue that the next set of development goals must be formulated for all countries and not – as the current MDGs – primarily focus on the developing world. With natural systems under severe stress and resource scarcity threatening the right to development of the world’s poor, is it time to devise goals involving the rich? LEARN MORE.