Post-2015 development agenda
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The World We Want: A new development agenda for post 2015

In 2000, world leaders promised to halve extreme poverty by 2015 with a global plan called the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Thanks to millions of people taking action and a massive global effort, real progress has been made. The number of people living in poverty globally has fallen to less than half of its 1990 level. Over two billion people gained access to better drinking water. Viet Nam has also made significant progress towards achieving the MDGs.

Yet, 1.4 billion people still live in extreme poverty. Every four seconds a child dies from preventable causes and over 900 million, particularly women and young people, suffer from chronic hunger. Climate change threatens to destroy the lives of millions more and undo the progress made so far, and inequality is growing in many parts of the world.

Continuing to address these gaps and accelerating MDG progress will still need attention after 2015, when the current MDGs expire. At the same time, work has started on what kind of global development framework should be put in place post 2015.

An open and inclusive process

The UN Secretary-General has stressed the need for extensive, inclusive and transparent consultations to ensure that the new development framework is informed by the voices of people from all parts of the world and all sections of society.
The new framework must also build on the outcome of major processes, in particular the Rio +20 Conference, and on country experiences with achieving the MDGs. It should also reflect new development challenges, with the fight against poverty and promotion of sustainable development at its core.

Work to create a new development framework has begun through an open and inclusive process. As part of this, extensive consultations involving governments, civil society, the private sector, academia and research institutions from all regions are under way. The UN is also facilitating national consultations in more than 50 countries, including Viet Nam.

Consultations in Viet Nam

Viet Nam has been selected for these national consultations given its impressive MDG achievements, and recent status as a middle-income country.

As part of the consultation process, the UN in Viet Nam will asking a broad range of Vietnamese citizens what world they want in 2015 and what kind of development goals should be put in place.
In particular, the UN will be seeking the views of representatives from eight groups, including ethnic minorities, the urban and rural poor, people with disabilities, people living with HIV, young people, the elderly and the private sector.

The UN-led national consultations are taking place from the end of 2012 to early 2013 across the country. The opinions and views gathered will be consolidated and included in a final report by the UN in Viet Nam, which will reflect on the opportunities and challenges for Viet Nam with a post 2015 framework.

The Viet Nam report will be discussed at a national workshop before it is shared with the UN Secretary-General’s advisory High-level Panel in March 2013. The High-level Panel is expected to submit its findings to the UN Secretary-General in the first half of 2013. These findings will then inform the Secretary-General’s report to UN Member States at the General Assembly session in September 2013.

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