United Nations Resources

2015: Time for Global Action

2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Sustainable Development Goals)
Sendai Framework (Disaster Risk Reduction)
Addis Ababa Action Agenda (Financing for Development)
Paris Agreement (Climate Change)


Key UN Resources

(in alphabetical order)

Addis Ababa Action Agenda
Outcome Document from the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, held in July 2015. (Also see Civil Society Organizations’ Declaration adopted at same conference)

Beijing+20: Political Declaration
On 9 March 2015, during CSW59, the Commission adopted a political declaration on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women.

Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women
The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) was adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly. CEDAW defines what constitutes discrimination against women and sets up an agenda for national action to end such discrimination.

On September 27, 2015, some 80 world leaders announced concrete and measurable commitments to actions to end discrimination against women by the year 2030.

(See Government Commitments, as well as commitments by partners, made that day. Also, the Post-2015 Women’s Coalition hosted a breakout session during a side event “Civil Society Watch” organized by several civil society organizations.)

Global Study on the Implementation of UNSCR 1325
In October 2015 in New York, the Security Council convened a High-level Review to assess 15 years of progress at the global, regional and national levels. To inform this discussion, the Secretary-General commissioned a Global Study—led by independent lead author Radhika Coomaraswamy—on the implementation of resolution 1325 and recommendations on the way forward for women, peace and security.

Inter-agency Expert Group on SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDGs)
Created by the United Nations Statistical Commission, the Inter-agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDGs), composed of Member States and including regional and international agencies as observers, was tasked to develop an indicator framework for the goals and targets of the post-2015 development agenda at the global level, and to support its implementation.

International Covenants on Civil and Political Rights
This key international human rights treaty was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1966.

International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
The Covenant contains significant international legal provisions establishing economic, social and cultural rights.

International Human Rights Instruments and their Monitoring Bodies
There are ten core international human rights instruments. Each of these instruments has established a committee of experts to monitor implementation of the treaty provisions by its States parties.

Paris Agreement (COP21)
195 countries adopt the first universal climate agreement during the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030
Adopted at the Third UN World Conference in Sendai, Japan, on March 18, 2015. The Sendai Framework is the successor instrument to the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) 2005-2015: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters.

Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
The new development agenda, including the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), was adopted by the General Assembly on 25 September 2015 during the United Nations Summit on the post-2015 development agenda.

The United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development
The HLPF is the central UN platform for the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

UN Secretary-General’s Report on Global Follow-up & Review of the 2030 Agenda
Per the 2030 Agenda, the Secretary-General, in consultation with Member States, prepared a report for consideration at the 70th session of the General Assembly in preparation for the 2016 meeting of the HLPF which outlines critical milestones towards coherent, efficient and inclusive follow-up and review at the global level. Released January 2016.

Videos of over 260 speakers UN from more than 70 countries on the post-2015 agenda, financing for development, and more


Other UN Resources

20-year reviews of the International Conference on Population and Development
The ICPD Beyond 2014 Review is an opportunity to influence the future of global population and development policy at national, regional and global levels.

Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD)

Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the UN Climate Summit
A 2014 summit held before countries aim to conclude a global climate agreement in 2015.

Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing (Beijing+20)
The 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women took place at United Nations Headquarters in New York, from 9-20 March 2015. The Commission undertook a review of progress made in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, 20 years after its adoption at the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995.

Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing
This Committee, comprising of 30 experts nominated by regional groups, began meeting in August 2013.

National Consultations
UN Country teams supported countries to convene national consultations on the post 2015 development agenda.

Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
One of the main outcomes of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in 2012 was the agreement by Member States to launch a process to develop a set of sustainable development goals. The OWG was established on 22 January 2013.

The Post 2015 Development Agenda (old)
Consists of two processes coming out of the 2010 MDG Summit and the 2012 Rio+20 outcome documents.

The post Rio+20 process
Led by governments, established the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals.

The Report of the High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda
Submitted on 30 May 2013, the report contains recommendations to the Secretary-General.

Resolutions Adopted at the Thirty-Fifth Session of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean

The Secretary General’s High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda

The Secretary-General’s Synthesis Report on the Post-215 Agenda
December 4, 2014

Thematic debates undertaken by the President of the 68th General Assembly session

United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
The first generation of global goals (2000-2015) to address extreme poverty in its many dimensions.

UN System Task Team on the Post-2015 UN Development Agenda
Established by the UN Secretary-General to support preparations for the post-2015 UN development agenda, in consultation with all stakeholders.

UN System Task Team on the Post-2015 Development Agenda (Members)
Consists of 60 UN agencies and international organizations.