© Nora Erdmann


In 2015, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), agreed upon at the turn of the century, will expire and there are currently numerous debates within the international community as to what a new development framework should look like.

The UN and international civil society organisations (ICSOs) have coordinated hundreds of consultations at national, regional and global levels to gather inputs and help shape this new framework through the engagement of all relevant actors, including those most-affected by the challenges to be tackled.

The International Civil Society Centre has been participating in this debate and has convened meetings on these issues since 2010, when the discussions on what should happen beyond 2015 were just beginning.

In March 2013 the Centre organised the international conference Advancing the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda to help gather an overview of civil society perspectives and demands, to foster dialogue with other stakeholders in the process and to support efforts in the development of an inclusive and effective new framework that addresses the needs of both people and the environment.

An example of this work is the letter which was sent to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, signed by 18 international CEOs of ICSOs, proposing guiding principles for the development of a Post-2015 agenda. This letter also served as a reference for a response signed by 62 CSOs to the High Level Panel Report.