2015: Time for Global Action

The opportunities that 2015 presents for bringing the countries and people of the world together to decide and embark on new pathways forward are historic and unprecedented. These decisions will determine the global course of action to end poverty, promote prosperity and well-being for all, protect the environment and address climate change. The actions made in 2015 resulted in new sustainable development goals (SDGs) which follow the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The UN is working with governments, civil society and other partners to build on the momentum generated by the MDGs and carry on with an ambitious post-2015 development agenda.

Sustainable Development Goals
World leaders today embraced a sweeping 15-year global plan of action to end poverty, reduce inequalities and protect the environment, known as the Sustainable Development Goals, at the opening of a United Nations special summit.

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Titled “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” and contained in document A/70/L.1, the agreement on a set of 17 goals and 169 targets would come into effect on 1 January 2016, replacing the Millennium Development Goals set in 2000.

Outcome Document of the Post-2015 Development Agenda, “Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”
The 193 Member States of the United Nations reached agreement on the draft outcome document that will constitute the new sustainable development agenda that will be adopted this September by world leaders at the Sustainable Development Summit in New York. Concluding a negotiating process that has spanned more than two years and has featured the unprecedented participation of civil society, countries agreed to an ambitious agenda that features 17 new sustainable development goals that aim to end poverty, promote prosperity and people’s well-being while protecting the environment by 2030.

Enormous progress has been made towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals, (MDGs). Global poverty continues to decline. More children than ever are attending primary school. Child deaths have dropped dramatically. Access to safe drinking water has been greatly expanded. Targeted investments in fighting malaria, AIDS and tuberculosis have saved millions.

The MDGs are making a real difference in people’s lives, and this progress can be expanded in most of the world’s countries by the target date of 2015 with strong leadership and accountability. After 2015, efforts to achieve a world of prosperity, equity, freedom, dignity and peace will continue unabated.

With the MDGs concluding at the end of 2015, world leaders have called for an ambitious, long-term agenda to improve people’s lives and protect the planet for future generations. This post-2015 development agenda is expected to tackle many issues, including ending poverty and hunger, improving health and education, making cities more sustainable, combating climate change, and protecting oceans and forests.

Learn more about the Open Working Group proposal for Sustainable Development Goals.

Governments are in the midst of negotiating, and civil society, young people, businesses and others are also having their say in this global conversation.World leaders are expected to adopt the agenda at the Special Summit on Sustainable Development in New York in September 2015.

The UN is working with governments, civil society and other partners to build on the momentum generated by the MDGs and carry on with an ambitious post-2015 sustainable development agenda that is expected to be adopted by UN Member States at the Special Summit on Sustainable Development in September 2015.

Key events in 2015
In the lead up to the Special Summit on Sustainable Development, the Secretary-General and UN System will keep supporting UN Member States as intergovernmental deliberations continue. Requested by UN Member States to pull together inputs from all strands on post-2015, the Secretary-General’s synthesis report, The Road to Dignity by 2030 (PDF), channels the results of an unprecedented open and transparent global conversation and intergovernmental process that considered a broad range of recommendations, key reports, peoples’ voices and viewpoints from a wide swath of sectors and stakeholders. The report presents a vision for UN Member States to consider carrying forward in negotiations. Next September, world leaders are expected to agree on an historic and far-reaching agenda for the next 15 years. By 2030 we can end poverty and transform lives while protecting the planet.

– High-level thematic debate on the means of implementation for the post-2015 development agenda (February)

– Commission on the Status of Women [Beijing+20] (March)

– High-level thematic debate on advancing gender equality and the empowerment of women in the post-2015 development agenda (March)

– Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (April)

– High-Level Thematic debate on the peaceful settlement of disputes and strengthening cooperation between the United Nations and regional organizations (April or May)

– High-level event on combatting climate change (June)

– Millennium Development Goals Report 2015 (July)

– Third International Conference on Financing for Development (July) to be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

– Millennium Development Goals Gap Task Force Report 2015 (September)

UN Sustainable Development Summit from 25-27 September at UN Headquarters in New York. Special Summit on Sustainable Development, where world leaders will adopt a new development agenda, including a set of sustainable development goals, expected to provide a blueprint for action until 2030.

– COP21/CMP11 UN climate conference in Paris (December), expected to result in a universal and meaningful climate change agreement

Other events and activities will be happening throughout the year to involve people everywhere in the year of action, kicking off with a digital rally on 15 January. Join the online conversation using #action2015 on social media and follow the UN MDG accounts on Twitter and Facebook for updates.

The Global Conversation
To foster an inclusive global conversation, the UN Development Group has coordinated national, global and thematic consultations. To date more than 100 consultations, involving partnerships with multiple stakeholders, including local ministries, businesses and civil society groups, have been supported by the UN with more planned. Civil society organizations from all over the world continue to engage in the post-2015 process, while academia and other research institutions, including think tanks, remain particularly active.


Through the MY World survey, the United Nations global survey for a better world, millions of people have already voted on which six development issues most impact their lives, and the number of voters continues to grow. Complementing MY World is the World We Want online platform, where citizens have engaged further in the various consultations on the post-2015 development process.


As part of the campaign, a new website – www.un.org/action2015 – is now live. This website will serve as a source of news, as a portal to UN system websites, and as the anchor for a robust social media campaign. It will also link to the extensive civil society mobilization under way through the concurrent Action 2015 campaign.Time for Global Action 2015 logo