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.
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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.