New Inquiry: Post 2015 Development Goals

12 July 2012

The UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will expire in 2015, and the Secretary General of the UN has appointed a High-Level Panel to assess what should replace them. Co-chairs of the High-Level Panel are the British Prime Minister David Camerson, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, and President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia.

At Rio +20 it was agreed to set up a process to establish Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The United Nations General Assembly will appoint a group of representatives from 30 countries by September to develop the goals
The Committee has decided to launch an inquiry on the post-2015 agenda. We therefore invite organisations and interested individuals to submit written evidence on the following:

• Lessons learned from the adoption of the International Development Targets and the Millennium Development Goals: in particular how effective has the MDG process been to date;
• How should the ‘Sustainable Development Goals’  be established following Rio +20 relate to the ‘Development Goals’ being considered by the High-Level  Panel?
• The coverage of future goals: should they be for developing countries only or should progress be monitored in all countries?
• The process: are the right voices being heard? What are the opportunities for and constraints to global consensus?
• Targets: was the MDG ‘target-based’ approach a success? Should it be retained? How should progress be measured?
• Financing global goals: are new mechanisms needed?
• The role of the private sector and other non-state organisations;p
• Timescale: what period should the new framework cover? Was the 15-year timescale for the MDGs right?
• The content of future goals: what would be a good set of global goals? What continuity should there be with the MDGs, and  how should the unfulfilled MDGs be taken forward?

The Committee invites submissions on Post-2015 Development Goals.  The deadline for submitting written evidence is Friday 5 October 2012

Written evidence submitted should:
Be no longer that 3000 words in length
• Have numbered paragraphs
• Avoid the use of colour or expensive-to-print material
• Be provided electronically in MS Word or Rich Text format (No PDF’s) by e-mail to  If submitted by e-mail or e-mail attachment, a letter should also be sent validating the e-mail. The letterhead should contain your full postal address and contact details
Submissions can also be sent by post to International Development Committee, House of Commons, 7 Millbank, London, SW1P 3JA.

View guidance on giving evidence to Select Committees.

Please also note that:
• Material already published elsewhere should not form the basis of a submission, but may be referred to within written evidence, in which case a hard copy of the published work should be included. If a number of published documents are sent to accompany written evidence, these should be listed in the covering email.
• Written evidence submitted must be kept confidential until published by the Committee, unless publication by the person or organisation submitting it is specifically authorised.
• Once submitted, evidence is the property of the Committee. The Committee normally, though not always, chooses to make public the written evidence it receives, by publishing it on the internet (where it will be searchable), by printing it or by making it available through the Parliamentary Record Office. If there is any information you believe to be sensitive you should highlight it and explain what harm you believe would result from its disclosure. The Committee will take this into account in deciding whether to publish or further disclose the evidence. 
• It would be helpful, for Data Protection purposes, if individuals wishing to submit written evidence send their contact details separately in a covering letter. You should be aware that there may be circumstances in which the House of Commons will be required to communicate information to third parties on request, in order to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
• Select Committees are unable to investigate individual cases.

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