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The Post-2015 Development Agenda

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A new framework for global action

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have served as a shared framework for global action and cooperation on development since 2000. As the world approaches 2015, the overall target date for achieving the MDGs, the Open Working Group (OWG) for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agreed a proposed set of 17 sustainable development goals for the post-2015 era. Intergovernmental negotiations will start in January 2015 and, in September 2015, the United Nations General Assembly will adopt its new development agenda.

Goal #8: Decent work as a driver of development

Transforming economies for quality growth and quality jobs has been a main theme in the discussion on the development framework beyond 2015, setting the stage for the proposal of a sustainable development goal #8 to “promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all”. This global goal, strengthened by reference to aspects of decent work such as social protection and skills development under other proposed goals, is an indispensable response to the concerns of many governments and the demand of people in countries in all regions.

  1. "Friends of Decent Work" initiative

    Decent Work for Post-2015 agenda given boost by Group of Friends

    Countries from all regions and all levels of economic development, have joined an important new initiative to highlight the critical importance of including decent work for all in the UN’s ambitious development agenda beyond 2015.

Practical, transformative and measurable targets

The proposed sustainable development goal 8 is supported by a set of aspirational global targets that reflect the labour market challenges of countries at different levels of development. Several priorities of the decent work agenda are included as targets under Goal 8, while others are mentioned as targets under other proposed goals. All these are key trends and gaps in the labour market requiring attention within the new framework.

News and events related to the post 2015 development agenda

  1. 69th Session of the UN General Assembly

    Unless you have people earning money, you don't have demand, says ILO Head

    24 September 2014

17 proposed goals

  1. #1- End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  2. #2- End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
  3. #3- Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  4. #4- Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  5. #5- Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  6. #6- Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
  7. #7- Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
  8. #8- Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
  9. #9- Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
  10. #10- Reduce inequality within and among countries
  11. #11- Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  12. #12- Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  13. #13- Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
  14. #14- Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
  15. #15- Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
  16. #16- Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
  17. #17- Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development
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