Perspectives and Priorities from Asia and the Pacific for a Post-2015 Development Agenda: Findings from a Survey among Development Experts and Practitioners

Date: November 2013
Type: Papers and Briefs
Subject:
Series: Sustainable Development Working Papers
Author: Casazza, Alessandra; Francisco, Vivian; Kaewkhonkaen, Supharat; Nuruzzaman, Syed A. M.; Rajivan, Anuradha; Roth, Susann; Shibata, Harumi; Nath Tiwari, Bishwa

Description

The 15 years to fulfill the promises of the Millennium Declaration of September 2000 is coming to a close in 2015. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) helped monitor progress in developing countries through common targets and indicators around a shared global development agenda. Going forward, what are some of the perspectives and development priorities from Asia and the Pacific that should be taken into account in shaping the next global agenda? To explore this question, this paper presents findings from a survey conducted among development experts and practitioners from the region. The survey finds that the MDG agenda is considered unfinished business in Asia and the Pacific, and that a post-2015 development framework and agenda needs to focus on a core set of human development deficits such as undernutrition and maternal mortality, while at the same time addressing emerging challenges such as widening inequalities and increasing natural disasters.

Conclusion

The survey supports a view emanating from the subregional stakeholder and expert consultations that the MDG agenda is unfinished in the Asia and Pacific region. The post-2015 development framework and agenda needs to focus on a core set of human development priorities while at the same time addressing emerging development challenges that are faced in Asia and the Pacific, including those that are influenced by actions elsewhere.

Contents

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Survey Methodology
  • Survey Results
  • Conclusion
  • Annexes