From Eight to Twelve: Moving Beyond the MDGs after 2015 [Joint Seminar with UNDP and UNESCAP]

4 May 2014, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm, Ceremonial Hall

The eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) changed the way development cooperation coalesced around a globally shared agenda. In 2000, for the first time in human history, the world had a global development framework that achieved political consensus and incentivized aid flows. Development partners initially were not very well organized around the Millennium Declaration or the MDG framework of Goals-Targets-Indicators that followed. This happened progressively, gaining traction in 2005, as the MDGs increasingly stirred the development community towards meeting the agreed goals. In contrast, for post-2015, many partners are getting coordinated ahead of time.

As 2015 approaches, development partners are building on the MDG experience. Multilateral development banks, including ADB, jointly expressed support to the UN Secretary General, indicating areas where they could contribute. Ongoing debates on the post-2015 agenda are being considered in ADB's mid-term review of Strategy 2020. ADB is also playing a key role to distil perspectives from the region on development challenges and future priorities. Twelve transformational goals are proposed in the Regional MDG Report 2012/13 "Asia Pacific Aspirations: Perspectives for a Post-2015 Development Agenda" by ADB, the ESCAP and UNDP. Overall it is a mixed picture - while no country will achieve all MDGs, none will fail on all goals either. The experience serves as the basis for more vigorous efforts ahead to ensure that future growth is not just rapid, but also more inclusive and environmentally responsible for sustainable human development.

Issues that will be addressed in the seminar are:

  • What are the lessons from the MDG experience from countries in Asia and the Pacific, progress and deficits on the goals, especially on targets where countries are off-track?
  • In designing a forward-looking agenda, what are the perspectives emerging from the region on key concerns inadequately addressed by the MDGs or not included at all, and on new challenges not conceived of when the MDGs were first designed?
  • How can we expand financing options for an ambitious post-2015 agenda in a changing development landscape? How can partnerships with differentiated roles and responsibilities be strengthened around a shared agenda?


Shamshad Akhtar 
United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

Kiyoshi Kodera
Vice President, JICA

Helder Lopes
Chief of Staff for the Minister and the Principal Economist of the Ministry of Finance of Timor-Leste

Erik Solheim
Chair of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC)

Moderator: Veronica Pedrosa
Al Jazeera

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