ICPD Beyond 2014 and the post-2015 UN development agenda

Many of the population and development goals identified in the International Conference on Population and Development Programme of Action were incorporated into the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – which include halving extreme poverty, reducing maternal and infant mortallity, halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education.

The timeframe for achievement of MDGs was set for 2015.  In 2010 Member States asked the Secretary-General to begin an  annual reporting process on the activities, consultations and analytical work that needs to take place to inform the inter-governmental debate on the post-2015 development agenda. In response, the Secretary-General established a UN System Task Team on the Post-2015 UN Development Agenda.

The Secretary General of the UN has stated that the work on the post-2015 agenda should be grounded in a critical evaluation of how the MDGs have worked as a framework, identifying what has worked well and areas for improvement, especially in response to current development challenges.  A UN System Task Team is evaluating the experience with the MDG framework, in terms of both contents and processes; reviewing recent development trends; and drawing out the implications for the formulation of a post-2015 UN development agenda.  The work of the Task Team will inform a High-level Panel appointed by the UN Secretary-General to advise him on the post-2015 UN development agenda. The reports of the Panel and the Secretary-General will support the ongoing deliberations on the post-2015 development framework.

In order to make the ICPD review a key foundation for the UN development agenda beyond 2015 process, the leadership of UNDP and UNFPA are encouraging UN Resident Coordinators to work with UN Country Teams, including the World Bank at country level to promote and support close linkage between the two processes.

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