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Project ID:00091052Description:AGENDA FOR 2015
SDG Fund
Start Date *: 6 Aug 2014
UN Partnerships
End Date*: 30 Nov 2017
Country: United Nations Project Status: Operationally Closed
  Participating Organization:   UNDP - UNDP(MDTF/PUNO only).

The UN “Post-2015 One Secretariat” continues playing a key role for supporting a broad-based inclusive process and a coordinated and coherent support from the UN system. The Secretariat consists of a number of different teams and focal points, under the leadership of the Secretary-General’s Special Advisor on Post-2015 and an Informal Senior Coordination Group (ISCG). The “Post-2015 One Secretariat” comprises a team of secondees supporting the Executive Office of the SG’s Special Advisor and serving as a central hub for the “Post-2015 One Secretariat” (the EOSG Team), the project team facilitating and coordinating the UNDG global consultations (UNDP-UNDG Team), staff from DESA and UNDP supporting the UNTT work streams.

The UN system is defining its role on a country-demand-driven basis across themes and global issues that Member States have indicated as relevant during the Special Event on the MDGs and post-2015 agenda. The UN system can provide voices and evidence to the post-2015 intergovernmental process. These actions would be undertaken in partnership with civil society and other stakeholders, including parliaments, business, and civil society.

Under the heading of Dialogues on Post-2015 Implementation, the UNDG proposed 6 areas for consultation around common implementation issues that countries are expected to face (at national and subnational levels) when putting a new development agenda into effect.  One of the key issues is engagement with the private sector.

With specific reference to private sector engagement, the Post-2015 Development Agenda presents a historic opportunity for the international community to engage the private sector in a dialogue exploring how businesses can best contribute to global sustainability.

The overlap between public and private interest in sustainable development is becoming increasingly clear, and the development and implementation of the Post-2015 agenda will require an unprecedented level of partnership between business, governments, civil societies and other key stakeholders.

In 2013, the MDG Achievement Fund’s 130 joint UN programmes concluded operations, having helped improve 9 million lives in 50 countries since 2007. UNDP and the Government of Spain announced a new mechanism, the Sustainable Development Goals Fund (SDG-F), focused on the post-2015 development agenda. With an initial expected budget of $60 million, it will support joint programmes aligning UN expertise with national priorities. It will mainly target middle-income countries, where 70 percent of the world’s poor live, with an increased emphasis on gender equality, sustainable development and public-private partnerships.

In this regard, private sector development for inclusive growth will be one of the SDG-F’s key policy areas. By promoting private sector development and encouraging public-private partnerships, the SDG-F’s will pursue integrated and multidimensional initiatives to create opportunities for good and decent jobs and secure livelihoods for all, accelerate micro, small and medium size enterprises’ growth, ensure country environments that enable business to flourish and promote sustainable consumption and production.

The purpose of an SDG-F partnership within the project on Dialogues on Post-2015 Implementation is to facilitate engagement with stakeholders in the private sector on implementation and partnership modalities. The dialogues will assess and provide recommendations that leverage the roles of governments, the private sector and other key stakeholders to facilitate the actualization of a post-2015 development framework and the ability to achieve goals and targets for that framework. The partnership will also contribute to reinforce the capacities of the EOSG Team within the One Secretariat.

These dialogues build upon the earlier iteration of consultations under the “Building the post-2015 development agenda” project to which SDG-F was a pivotal partner. The earlier consultations facilitated the biggest outreach in the UN’s history: so far over 2 million people have expressed their priorities and ideas through 88 national consultations, 5 regional consultations, 11 thematic consultations, via the on-line platform World We Want 2015 and the global MY World survey. The approach used and the success of the outreach signals a new era of global decision-making where we can truly speak of “we the peoples”. 

Culminating in a final report “A Million Voices: the World We Want” that was launched just before the start of the 68th session of the UN General Assembly, the first phase of consultations has built an effective bridge between the voices from the local level and global decision making. The inputs gathered through the consultations have been welcomed and echoed across the board – from member states and global civil society organizations to the High Level Panel on post-2015. The findings have contributed to key reports and intergovernmental processes, such as those of the High Level Panel, Sustainable Development Solutions Network and the Open Working Group on the Sustainable Development Goals and the Secretary-General’s report on progress on the MDGs and the post-2015 agenda.

With support from the SDG-F, the success and approaches used earlier are to be emulated in a more focused set of dialogues under the next phase referred to as the “Dialogues on Post-2015 Implementation”.

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