Deliberation on Post MDG (2015) Development Agenda


Centre for Socio-Eco-Nomic Development-CSEND – TRANSCEND Media Service

csend development mdgDeliberation on the post-2015 sustainable development agenda are taking shape and the negotiations on scope and financing of the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) are becoming more concrete and contentious at the same time. Sustainability has been a concern for several decades and has gained greater importance in light of increasing climate warming and continued instabilities of the social and economic sectors at global levels. Two separate UN processes are underway to determine the SDG framework namely the HLPF (High Level Political Forum) and the OWG (Open Working Group) both working on defining and negotiating the world’s Sustainable Development Goals. In addition, various stakeholder groups (NGOs, Business, Civil Society, Academic Institutions) and International Organisations have started their own discussions on what issues and priorities should be core features of the coming SDGs.

To be able to agree on a single integrated framework is critical to ensure successful progress towards the definition and implementation of the SDGs. Concrete goals need to be set at national, regional and global levels and concrete financial resources need to be committed for SDG implementation. The issues and themes that will have been identified as being top priorities will set the stage for policy choices concerning sustainable development goals and determine the world’s progress.

CSEND, a think tank focusing on the development nexus of trade, poverty, employment and social equity, is contributing to these deliberations through its engagement in both the global, national and regional levels.

  • HLPF 2 – Moderated Dialogue “Means of implementation for sustainable development” – Original – June 30, 2014 at here
  • Implementation of post-2015 development agenda by Raymond Saner, 30 April 2014 at the Expert Group Meeting on the role of the high-level political forum on sustainable development in post-2015 development framework (30 April 2014-1 May 2014) in New York. Follow the link or read here .
  • Sustainable Development Goals and Millennium Development Goals:an analysis of the shaping and negotiation process by Lichia Saner Yiu and Raymond Saner, 2014.
  • MONITORING OF SDG IMPLEMENTATION Infrastructure and Methodology – Proposal for Action, Article
  • CSEND Proposal on Monitoring Infrastructure has been included in the “Prototype Sustainable Development Report” (6/2014), P. Our policy brief has been adopted into the Prototype Global Sustainable Development Report ( It reads,
    “A toolbox for monitoring sustainable development progress will need to be developed, in order to help decision makers. In this context, it is noteworthy that academics have proposed a dynamic SDG monitoring system that is based on comprehensive and differentiated data collection reflecting the operational realities at different levels of each country. It would make use of all three types of approaches for measuring sustainable development that are presented in this chapter. (Chapter 5: Measuring Progress, Page 82; Complete citation can be found as footnote 247) The full Prototype Global Sustainable Development Report can be seen at here.
  • A special CSEND Dialogue session on “Socio-Economic Dimensions of Formalising Informal Economy: Impediments, needs and gender issues” on the 17 July 2014. The majority of economic activities in the least developed countries are in the “informal sector”. Workers and micro entrepreneurs alike in the informal economy are often trapped for a whole lifetime in conditions of precarious living and rarely get out of poverty. What could be the appropriate intervention strategies and the timing for such interventions so that the micro entrepreneurs really benefit from formalisation? What are the socio-economic and gender issues yet to be addressed? Programme  Synthesis


The Centre for Socio-Eco-Nomic Development (CSEND) aims at promoting equitable, sustainable and integrated development through multistakeholder dialogues, institutional learning and free flow of information. CSEND is an independent, project-financed, non-profit research & development organization founded in 1993 in Geneva, Switzerland. It is accredited by the Swiss National Science Fund as an independent research grant receiving organisation since 2003.

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