Eight Key Issues for a Post-2015 Global Development and Sustainability Agenda

TitleEight Key Issues for a Post-2015 Global Development and Sustainability Agenda
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2014
Subtitle / Series TitlePosition Paper

2014 is a decisive year for the elaboration of new global development and sustainability goals that will replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015. Numerous
global problems and crises of the last decades remain unsolved and new problems continue to emerge. Countries in both the Global North and Global South face common challenges, such as growing social inequity, continued and increasing environmental degradation, growing resource consumption and the aftermath of the financial, economic and food crises, as well as the intensifying of climate change. The development of new goals provides an opportunity to address these issues. With their focus on poverty eradication and human development, the MDGs have achieved a great amount. Nonetheless, they have had their shortcomings, for example in the fields of justice, peace, good governance,
and respect for human rights. They neglect to link social development processes with ecological, social, and economic sustainability, and omit to question the concept
of growth in light of evident planetary boundaries.


The position paper is the joint product of various German civil society actors working in the fields of environment, development, human rights, peace and anti-corruption, namely:
Association of German Development Non-Governmental Organizations (VENRO), German
NGO Forum on Environment and Development, German League for Nature and Environment
(DNR), Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND), Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union
(NABU), Green League, World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) Germany, Family Farming
Organisation (AbL), Human Rights Forum, CorA Network for Corporate Accountability,
Transparency International Germany, German Platform for Peaceful Conflict Management.
We would like to thank all those who contributed to the position paper for their very
valuable thoughts and input.