MDGs - What Next? The Post-2015 Development Agenda

For the past ten years, WAGGGS, its Member Organizations, and girls and young women globally have worked to help achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) through community projects, campaigning, advocacy work and non-formal education programmes. In 2008, WAGGGS introduced “Together we can change the world” as the Global Action Theme directly linked to the MDGs.

Globally, despite apparent shortcomings, the MDGs are the most successful global anti-poverty push in history. On April 5 2013, the world reached the 1,000-day mark counting down to the target date to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. This milestone was a rallying point for communities around the world.HLP London

With less than 3 years to the deadline of MDGs in 2015 the process of developing of the successor framework for MDGs - dubbed post-2015 – is underway. Just as the MDGs were key, the post-2015 development agenda will have resonance for all organizations working to create better opportunities for children and youth.

Girls and young women are among the most vulnerable of all the target groups the MDGs aim to reach. Whether it is poverty, lack of schooling opportunities, maternal mortality, HIV/AIDS or environmental degradation, the impact on girls and young women is far greater than on other groups. As the leading volunteer movement dedicated to girls and young women in the world, WAGGGS is in an exceptional position to make sure the voices of the girls and young women are taken into account in the Post-2015 development framework. This is in line with WAGGGS’ Vision where all girls and young women are valued and take action to change the world.

From 2012 onwards the UN and civil society have embarked on global consultations to find out what it is that people worldwide want to see post-2015. WAGGGS has initiated its own consultation through the World We Want for Girls Campaign. People from over 50 countries drew, wrote, filmed, photographed and then shared their vision on our World We Want For Girls blog site. Through our global survey we understand what major challenges girls are facing currently and their vision of the world they want to live in. 

WAGGGS has been at the forefront of developments on post-2015 development agenda.

From youth meetings with the UN High Level Panel to 24 hour online chat, girl guides and girl scouts from around the world have proved to be great contributors to the World We Want Beyond 2015. They have participated in the meeting of youth HLP Baliwith the High-Level Panel on post-2015 – a group of 26 Eminent Persons appointed by the UN Secretary General and tasked to develop and submit a report on post-2015 development framework. It is chaired by the UK Prime Minister David Cameron, the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and the Indonesian President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. You can read in more details about the meetings with HLP in London/UK, Monrovia/Liberia, Bali/Indonesia. The High Level Panel meetings were one of the numerous, though critically important, milestones on the way. The HLP will submit their recommendations to UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon at the end of May 2013. 

WAGGGS contributed to thematic consultations, particularly the ones focusing on inequalities and have contributed to dissemination of MY World survey – a global survey which allows people across the world to tell the United Nations the most important issues they would like to see in the post-2015 agenda.

To provide leadership opportunity for young women to lead on the post-2015 process, as well as to be able to contribute meaningfully and engage our constituency in a timely manner, WAGGGS has created a pool of post-2015 Ambassadors – committed volunteers with interest in development field and post-2015 agenda, in particular. Post-2015 Ambassadors will play an important role in lobbying the priorities identified by girls and young women, as well as keeping our Members up-to-date with developments in the field.

The UN Special event on MDGs to take place within the framework of the UN General Assembly in September 2013 is an important milestone in the whole post-2015 development agenda debate, which will shift the global efforts from consultations to influencing decision-makers on the post-2015.

Stay tuned to find out about the developments in the field and follow our post-2015 Ambassadors here.