The United Nations, headed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, has chosen Crown Princess Victoria to be one of sixteen Advocates to promote the Sustainable Development Goals, also known as the Global Goals. The role the Crown Princess and the other Advocates will play will be to “leverage their unique standing and leadership” to promote the messages and encourage partnerships with governments, the private sector and civil society.

To eradicate poverty and create an environmentally, socially and economically sustainable world, both public and private resources need to be used more smartly and invested in the right way.

How can we make sure that the Post-2015 framework will deliver on its ambition; people and planet centered sustainable development in all countries, leaving no one behind? Monica Lorensson from the CSO Plan International writes about the new SDGs after last week’s intergovernmental negotiations .

The Government intends to keep a broad and open dialogue with the Swedish public on the post 2015 development agenda. The Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs carried out fourteen consultations in February and March with Swedish civil society on the SDGs.

Micah Grzywnowicz, International Advocacy Advisor at RFSL, the Swedish Federation for LGBTQ Rights, participated at two of the consultations and shares hir thoughts on the consultations.

Clean water is a human right, and yet more than 700 million people still live without access to clean water and 2.5 billion without adequate sanitation.

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2000. This was the first ever global development agenda, and it was created with the aim of uniting the international community behind a joint global agenda for poverty reduction. The result was a framework consisting of eight goals to be achieved by 2015.

Several development and aid policy issues are high on the global agenda in 2015. In his synthesis report on the post-2015 sustainable development agenda, the UN Secretary-General notes that “Never before has the world had to face such a complex agenda in a single year. And this unique opportunity will not come again in our generation.”