2015: The Make or Break Year for a Sustainable Future

This image is the official logo of the “2015 Time for Global Action” campaign (www.un.org/action2015).

The arrangement of three global sustainable development events in 2015 inspired the World Centre for Sustainable Development (RIO+ Centre) to publish a document to help understand the context. “2015: The Make or Break Year for a Sustainable Future” was conceived as a miniguide explaining the key topics on the Development Agenda for 2015.

It is not likely that humankind will see such a complex and wide-ranging agenda being negotiated in a single year any time soon. The number of official and preparatory meetings related to the Post 2015 Development Agenda is a prime example of the dimension and level of ambition of the transformation agenda being drafted.

This working paper recaps the key events related to the topics analyzed (i.e. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Financing for Development, and Climate Change), in their respective fora, and briefly lists the main issues and challenges ahead of the negotiators this year. It also presents a calendar of the most relevant activities scheduled.

The Working Paper reflects the situation upon the time of its conclusion, in early February. Due to the nature of the negotiations and the rapid changing process, some minor course changes are possible. Nevertheless, the underpinning issues and historic aspects will not be affected, thus the Working Paper constitutes an important input for those trying to understand the complexity of the Post-2015 Agenda.

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