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UN Documentation: Development

Introduction to 2016-2030

UN Photo 765481: Secretary-General Guterres with staff celebrating the adoption of the General Assembly resolution on the repositioning of the United Nations Development System

The concept of development continues to evolve, as expressed in the declaration Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (A/RES/70/1, para. 13):

"Sustainable development recognizes that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, combatting inequality within and among countries, preserving the planet, creating sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth and fostering social inclusion are linked to each other and are interdependent."

This guide will be updated as new events occur.

Key events, documents and resolutions, 2016-2030

Decades:

  • 2016-2025: United Nations Decade of Action on Nutrition: A/RES/70/259
  • 2016-2025: Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa: A/RES/70/293
  • 2018-2027: Third United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty: A/RES/72/233
  • 2018-2028: International Decade for Action, “Water for Sustainable Development”: A/RES/71/222
  • 2019-2028: United Nations Decade of Family Farming: A/RES/72/239
  • 2021-2030: United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration: A/RES/73/284

2016

  • International Year of Pulses: A/RES/68/231
  • UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development
    • Known as Habitat III
    • Quito, 17-20 Oct. 2016
    • Report: A/CONF.226/12

2017

2018

  • A/RES/72/279: Repositioning of the United Nations development system in the context of the quadrennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development of the United Nations system
     

2019

  • International Year of Indigenous Languages: A/RES/71/178 
  • International Year of Moderation: A/RES/72/129
  • Second High-level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation
    • Buenos Aires, 20-22 March 2019
    • Outcome document: A/CONF.235/3

2020 -2030

Background on the Post-2015 Development Agenda

The outcome document of the 2010 High-level Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly on the MDGs requested the Secretary-General to initiate thinking on a post-2015 development agenda and include recommendations in his annual report on efforts to accelerate MDG progress. 

Countries agreed in 2012 at Rio+20, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, to establish an open working group to develop a set of sustainable development goals.

The Open Working Group was established on 22nd of January 2013 by decision 67/555 (see A/67/L.48/rev.1) of the General Assembly. 

The United Nations summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda was held from 25 to 27 September 2015, in New York and convened as a high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly.

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