Cecilia Björner, Director-General for International Development, at the post 2015 seminar. Photo: Gabriel Wernstedt/Government Offices Sweden
On 11 June, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs invited a multitude of actors and stakeholders to an information exchange on the progress of negotiations in the post-2015 and Financing for Development (FfD) processes.
Director-General for International Development Cecilia Björner opened the seminar and ambassadors Staffan Tillander and Kajsa B Olofsgård gave updates on the FfD and post-2015 processes respectively, both of which are currently at a crucial stage of negotiations.
The global process of defining a new global agenda for sustainable development post-2015 is now in its final phase. Years of preparation and five weeks of intensive negotiations have culminated in a first draft document being presented at the beginning of June. It summarises 193 countries’ discussion of our common challenges and the world we envision in 2030.
The post-2015 sustainable development agenda will be adopted at the United Nations Summit in New York on 25–27 September. The Swedish Government aims for an ambitious agenda that leaves no one behind – an agenda that combines the fight against poverty with socially, economically and environmentally sustainable development. For Sweden it is a priority to make the agenda truly universal in three dimensions: it should apply to all countries, all policy areas and all actors.
Running alongside the negotiations on the post-2015 agenda, the FfD negotiations seek to give an answer on how the new agenda is to be implemented. The results of these negotiations will be presented during the FfD conference in Addis Ababa on 13–16 July and will have important implications for the continued work on the post-2015 agenda.
During the information meeting on 11 June, representatives from civil society, business and academia took part in a dialogue that has been intensifying throughout the spring. Non-governmental actors have been actively engaged in the discussion of the post-2015 agenda, both as part of the Swedish delegations to the UN negotiations in New York and in a series of consultation meetings and information seminars.
The Swedish Government looks forward to continuing this dialogue with a broad spectrum of Swedish society, not least because the commitment of non-governmental actors will be imperative in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and their financing framework in the years to come, at national, international and local levels. Before we get there, however, the perspectives of these actors will be a crucial asset in the challenging intergovernmental negotiations that we now have before us.