How can we build a new global development agenda?

What will it take for the world’s nations to agree and commit to the next set of development goals – relevant and aspirational for all? What are the lessons learned from the current MDGs? How can we ensure that the post-2015 agenda is rooted in the needs of the poor, avoiding a northern and technocratic makeup?

Event details

Date:17 January 2013
Venue:Myntkabinettet, Slottsbacken 6, Stockholm

With only a few years to go to 2015 when the MDGs should be achieved, the process to set a new development agenda is already well underway, building on wide and inclusive consultations across the globe. At this seminar, representatives of the UN Millennium Campaign in Africa, civil society in the global south, and the Swedish government will discuss the challenges and opportunities of the post-2015 process.

The seminar aims to take stock of the successes and failures, strengths and weaknesses, of the MDGs and how this could feed into the next set of goals:

  • Did the Millennium Development Goals address the right problems or do we need a radically different development agenda?
  • What are the most critical topics discussed in the south and how can we ensure that the voices of the poor feed into the process?
  • What are the pitfalls ahead and how can they be avoided?

At the seminar the UN Task Team Report, Realizing the Future We Want for All, and the Report of the Civil Society Reflection Group on Global Development Perspectives, No Future Without Justice, will be discussed.

About the reports:

Realizing the Future We Want for All (2012) is the first report from the UN system on the post-2015 development agenda, outlining a system-wide vision and road map. It stresses the need for a more holistic approach and goals applicable to all countries, based on the core principles of human rights, equality, and sustainability.

No Future Without Justice (2012) was jointly issued by a group of CSOs from across the world. It takes as its point of departure the unprecedented coincidence of global crises – economic, social, and ecological – and concludes that it is time to fundamentally rethink conventional development concepts and goals.



Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations.

Charles Abugre Akelyira, Director of the UN Millennium Campaign in Africa.

Anita Nayar, Executive Committee member, Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN).

Johanna Teague, Special Adviser to Development Minister Gunilla Carlsson on the High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.