Post-2015 development agenda & Trade Unions

In the year 2000, the United Nations adopted the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as the main development framework for the international system. A set of 8 goals were adopted and 2015 was earmarked as the target date for their attainment. As the target date for the achievement of the MDGs approaches, the UN has initiated discussions on the Post-2015 development compact which will replace the MDGs.

Parallel to this process, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) agreed to launch a follow-up process to develop global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be agreed upon by the UN General Assembly. These SDGs would cover the three established dimensions of sustainable development, namely the economic, the social and the environmental. The Rio+20 outcome document indicated that the process to develop the SDGs had to be coordinated in a coherent manner with the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

It is against this background that the Post-MDG and the Post-Rio+20 processes are converging. The UN system has therefore launched a Post-2015 development process to develop a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to become the new international development compact.

ACTRAV assists trade unions to actively engage in the development of the future Sustainable Development Goals.