Post-2015 Development Agenda

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), established in 2000 following the United Nations Millennium Summit, committed the nations of the world to achieving certain goals across eight priority areas of social and economic development by 2015. However, some critical issues such as Security, Rule of Law and Social Justice, while present in the Millennium Declaration, were not operationalized in the MDGs.

In the past few years, there has been explicit acknowledgment of the fact that progress on the "qualitative" dimensions of development, such as Human Rights, Access to Justice, Good Governance, Rule of Law and Security, is very much a part of any framework for sustainable and equitable growth.

UNODCs position paper on the subject can be accessed here.

In 2013, UNODC in consultation with an Expert Group on issues related to rule of law, justice, and security developed a paper, which considers a measurement framework for justice and security in relation to development. It builds upon the report of the High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, 2013. A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies through Sustainable Development. As such, it also sets out the case for a post-2015 development agenda that explicitly accounts for security and justice. UNODC is working closely with other parts of the United Nations system, member states, civil society and academia to ensure that issues related to Security, Justice and the Rule of Law are considered in the ongoing negotiations.

Other related documents

A Life of Dignity for All Outcome document MDG

The Sustainable Development Goals

The post-2015 Development Agenda not only builds on the lessons of the MDGs but also goes beyond the original targets. A series of new goals - the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - have been designed to comprehensively cover a range of areas, including those most closely linked to UNODC's work. The agenda also looks to overcome the traditional divide between developed and developing countries, by facilitating ways and means of solving global problems through collective action and compelling Member States to think in terms of shared responsibilities for a shared future.

Much of UNODC's work is already aligned with the post-2015 Development Agenda, reflecting the centrality of providing people-centred, rights-based and gender-sensitive solutions in promoting development, the rule of law and peace and security. Recognizing the impact of destabilizing issues such as corruption, illicit drugs, terrorism and transitional organized crime which undermine good governance and the rule of law and threaten security, development and people's lives is therefore more critical than ever.

End poverty in all its forms everywhere

End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Reduce inequality within and among countries

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

Sustainable Development Goals