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SDGs: responses to the zero draft text

The Sustainable Development Summit at the end of Septmeber finally adopted the Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030.

Since the publication of the zero draft text of the Sustainable Development Goals in June, we've been compiling a series of responses to the text from contributors to the Eldis blog focussing on specific goals or key aspects of the text and process. 

Contributions so far include:


The question of how progress against the new goals will be measured and governments held accountable (and by who) is generating lots of interesting discussion. You can find more on this in our coverage of the recent Cartagena Data Festival and read a detailed introduction to the issues with respect to Gender in our newly updated Gender and Indicators Key Issues Guide.

If you would like to contribute your views, please get in touch with our editorial team via the contact us page.

Key documents on the post-2015 process

Final draft: Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
United Nations 2015
This is the finalised negotiated text of the draft Outcome Document which will form the basis for agreement at the UN Summit to Adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda. It was published on 31 July 2015. The draft covers the four...
The Addis Ababa Action Agenda of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development
United Nations 2015
This is the final update to the draft outcome document to be released prior to the start of the Addis Financing for Development conference on 13 July 2015.  The purpose of the document is to provide the basis for governmen...
The Millennium Development Goals Report 2015
United Nations 2015
The 2015 Millennium Development Goals Report is the final annual assessment of global and regional progress towards the MDGs and reflects the most comprehensive, up-to-date data compiled by over 28 UN and international agencies. A com...
Zero draft: Transforming our world by 2030: A new agenda for global action
2015
This is the zero draft of the outcome document for the UN Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda published on 1st June 2015. The draft covers the four components of the Agenda: an opeing declaration ...
Monitoring progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals
L. MacFaul; J. Hyvarinen 2015
This brief discusses the development and implementation challenges that will face the new indicator framework for monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the process to fully finalise the current proposal for the SDGs ...
Why state capacity matters for the post-2015 development agenda and how we should measure it
Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre 2014
As the international community debates the post-2015 development goals, there is an increasing realisation that governance is fundamental. Recent research shows that the capacity of the state to deliver on a wide range of development ...
Post 2015: how emerging economies shape the relevance of a new agenda
C. Hackenesch; H. Janus / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik / German Development Institute (GDI) 2013
The rise of emerging economies has fundamentally changed the context in which negotiations on a post-2015 agreement take place. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were an agenda driven by traditional donors and North-South relati...
The United Nations Post-2015 Agenda for Global Development: perspectives from China and Europe
T. Fues (ed); J. Ye (ed) / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik / German Development Institute (GDI) 2014
This publication focuses on scholarly discourses and policy challenges in China and Germany. Articles from The German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), also cover European perspectives whil...
Measuring women’s empowerment and social transformation in the post-2015 agenda
C. Harper; K. Nowacka; H. Alder / Overseas Development Institute 2014
While the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have made some progress in certain areas of gender equality, they will ultimately fail to produce the sustainable human rights-based social transformation that is needed. If the post-2015 ...
A World that counts: mobilising the data revolution for sustainable development
Data Revolution Group 2014
This report from the UN's Independent Expert Advisory Group on a Data Revolution for Sustainable Development (IEAG) proposes ways to improve data for achieving and monitoring sustainable development. The report highlights two big glob...
Data for Development: A Needs Assessment for SDG Monitoring and Statistical Capacity Development
J. Espey / Sustainable Development Solutions Network 2015
The discussion on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has renewed interest in strengthening the quality and availability of statistics for management, program design and monitoring performance. The Financing for Development Summi...
The data revolution: finding the missing millions
E. Stuart; E. Samman; W. Avis; T. Berliner / Overseas Development Institute 2015
For governments wanting to end poverty, steward sustainable environments and foster healthy, thriving populations one key element is impeding progress: data.  As many as 350 million people worldwide are not co...
A road map for a country-led data revolution
Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century 2015
The Road Map for a Country-led Data Revolution sets out the goals, activities and resources needed for developing countries to use data to achieve the sustainable development goals.  It is based on research in more than 30 d...