Towards a New Sustainable Development Agenda Post-2015 Development Goals

Voices around the world are demanding leadership in 2015 on poverty, inequality and climate change.

These universal challenges demand global action, and this year presents unprecedented opportunities for achieving the future we want. This September, world leaders will gather at the United Nations in New York to adopt a new agenda for sustainable development. This is also the year when they will reach a global agreement on climate change at the Paris Climate Conference.

These new global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will guide policy and funding for the next 15 years, beginning with a historic pledge to end poverty. Everywhere. Permanently.

From Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

This is also the deadline year for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which in September 2000 rallied the world around a common 15-year agenda to tackle the indignity of poverty. Since the adoption of the MDGs, the UN Development Group (UNDG) has been working to implement an agenda defined by these eight specific goals.

Setting clear objectives has helped bring attention to and assisted with mobilizing funding for poverty reduction. Over 600 million people have been lifted out of poverty. Over the past 15 years, the MDGs have mobilized political will and public awareness on development issues on an unprecedented scale supporting an agenda focused on achieving human development. Much progress has been achieved, and China has played a very big part in helping meet many of the MDGs, especially poverty alleviation.

As the deadline for the achievement of MDGs draws near, the international community is at a critical juncture as regards building a post-2015 development framework. While much has been achieved since the announcement of the MDGs at the Millennium Declaration in 2000, progress has been uneven across regions, and the impact of the global economic crisis is still hampering the pace of development efforts.

To Post-2015 Development Goals 

2015 represents a key breaking point; as it is the year that the MDGs were planned to be achieved and the year that a new set of global goals will be introduced. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), soon to be adopted at the post-2015 Summit, try to pave the way towards a sustainable development path that addresses development in three dimensions: social, economic and environmental.

China attaches the highest importance to the Summit and sees numerous opportunities to contribute to the process in a substantive manner.

On June 3rd 2014 UNDP China hosted a workshop on the post-2015 process in cooperation with the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA). The workshop sought to discuss the status of the MDGs, as well as the agenda-setting process for the new agenda that is being developed through various procedures.

Following this dialogue and on the occasion of launching the Report on China’s Implementation of the MDGs (2000-2015)—drafted collaboratively by the Chinese Government and the United Nations Country Team in China—UNDP China and MOFA co-organized on July 24th 2015 an international conference on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Topics of the new agenda were discussed with an emphasis on the role that China can take in the ongoing process, both at the Post-2015 Summit and the implementation phase that follows.

The job is unfinished for millions of people—we need to go the last mile on ending hunger, achieving full gender equality, improving health services and getting every child into school. UNDP must shift the world onto a sustainable path.

The SDGs must finish the job that the MDGs started, and leave no one behind. 


United Nations Hails China’s Progress towards the Millennium Development Goals in Final Report


As the end of 2015 and the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) approaches, the Government of China in partnership with the United Nations (UN) System in China jointly launched theReport on China’s Implementation of the MDGs (2000-2015).This is China’s final progress report on the MDGs before the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda later this year.

More about the MDGs and SDGs in China

2015: Time for Global Action

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2015 is the Year of Global Action

Key Publications
MDGs Report 2015

China has attached great importance to the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Over the past 15 years, with the consistent efforts of the Chinese government, wide participation of the entire society and strong support of the international community, China has made notable progress in many areas such as eliminating poverty and hunger, achieving universal primary education, ensuring healthcare for women and children, controlling and preventing diseases, and protecting the environment.

MDGs Report 2013

The fifth MDGs progress report for China is, once again, a product of collaboration between the UN system in China and the Chinses Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who coordinated inputs from around 30 government agencies.

MDGs Global Report 2015

As we reach the end of the MDG period, the world community has reason to celebrate. Thanks to concerted global, regional, national and local efforts, the MDGs have saved the lives of millions and improved conditions for many more. The data and analysis presented in this report prove that, with targeted interventions, sound strategies, adequate resources and political will, even the poorest countries can make dramatic and unprecedented progress.

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