Issues and Topics

The sessions were organized around three dimensions of the Agenda: Environmental, Economic, and Social.

  • Civil Society and Development Goals

    Moving from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) era towards Post-2015 Development Agenda, global partnership is much more underlined during the priority transformation. Civil society has a significant role for unified dialogue on sustainable and inclusive development. CSOs play a key part as the international community transitions to the new agenda. In this respect, the development agenda issues related to interaction between CSOs and other stakeholders were discussed in this session.

  • Making the New Agenda Work

    The context for progress on development has been changing since the MDGs era. How it may continue to shift in the coming decades, and what this could mean for the partnerships that will be necessary to successfully implement post-2015 development agenda are notable. This session focused on necessary action at the national and local level to effectively implement the new development agenda with a sustainable and inclusive development approach.

  • Possible Points of Discussion

    • To what extent have the MDGs been achieved by May-2014?
    • Which methods were best suited for reaching the designated goals? To what extent are these methods replicable and adaptable to different contexts?
    • In the pre-2015 period, how did NGOs, governments, the media, local and international institutions, and intergovernmental organizations play a role in the achievement of the MDGs? To what extent have their experiences carried over in the evolving process relating to the SDG proposals?
    • What has been and will be the role and contribution of women from civil society, government bodies, the media, and the private sector in achieving development goals?
    • What have been the unforeseen local and global trends that have failed or impeded the efforts to achieve the MDGs? What kind of implications could they have for the SDGs?
    • What could be the challenges in mobilizing grassroots level activism and cooperation among women who have the desire to work for their communities in the Post – 2015 era?
    • How should a new framework reflect the particular needs of the local vis-a vis global? Is there any platform that combines the needs of both?
    • Is it possible to build and sustain a global consensus for a new framework for the conceptualization of sustainable development goals?
    • What could be the effective methods of extending global partnership and coordination between the parties?
    • How can transparency and objectivity be provided in monitoring the whole development goal process?
    • Do all the proposed goals adequately incorporate and stress women’s and girl’s rights?
    • Is there any affirmative action plan that would reduce the gap between genders in all dimensions of the SDGs?
    • Is the UNSC Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security and other subsequent resolutions incorporated into the SDGs?
    • How committed are governments to the implementation of the proposed SDGs? What is the role of parliaments in advancing especially women’s economic, social, and political rights in a given nation?

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