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At the United Nations

This High-level event addressed the themes of equality, inclusiveness and participation, as they relate 

to the overarching goal of poverty eradication, including a number of cross-cutting rights-based issues
relevant to women and the young, and provide an opportunity to address the contribution of civil society to
the shaping and future implementation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

The following questions were addressed:

  1. Should there be a stand alone Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on gender equality, women’s rights and women’s empowerment, supplemented by cross-cutting targets under other goals?
  2. Should there be a goal or a measurable target to monitor the empowerment of young people at all levels – through education; better health care; and access to better job opportunities?
  3. How can governments improve the operating space so as to ensure civil society make meaningful contributions to the implementation of the post-2015 Development Agenda?

Post-2015 Development Agenda

The UN System Task Team was established by the UN Secretary-General to support system-wide preparations for the post-2015 UN development agenda, in consultation with all stakeholders, including Member States, civil society, academia and the private sector.

It supports the multi-stakeholder consultations being led by Member States on a post-2015 global development agenda, by providing analytical inputs, expertise and outreach.

Reports of the UN System Task Team on the Post-2015 Development Agenda:


Additional reports

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The United Nations Development Strategy Beyond 2015 - Committee for Development Policy
This policy note suggests a general contour of a transformative framework with a broader, more nuanced and context specific development strategies which are required to make the vision expressed in the Millennium Declaration to be fully realised.


Recommended books

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The Millennium Development Goals and Beyond
Highlights MDGs achievements and what that means for the crafting of a post-2015 international framework for action. The work examines the global context of the goals from a variety of perspectives, and moves on to focus on the region that continues to be the most impoverished and which looks likely to fall short of meeting many of the MDGs: Africa.

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Approaches to Positive Youth Development - R.M. Lerner; R.K. Silbereisen
Focuses on the major contexts of adolescents and young adults (neighborhoods and leisure locales, school, family) and major themes of healthy psychosocial development (competences, prosocial behavior, civic engagement, identity, spirituality).

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International Perspectives on Youth Conflict and Development
Discusses the social, political, and economic contexts of youth conflict across fourteen countries on seven continents. The volume examines youth conflict as a social practice embedded in local, national, and international processes.

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Equality for Women: Where Do We Stand on Millennium Goal 3?
The book assesses countries progress at the midpoint between the millennium Declaration and 2015 –the end date for attaining the goals-using an expanded set of indicators that better capture gender equality and women’s empowerment.

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Putting Partnerships to Work
The World Summit on Sustainable Development identified the corporate sector as one of the key actors in the delivery of poverty reduction targets. Partnerships between government, civil society and business were proposed as one means whereby these poverty reduction targets were to be achieved. There was less consideration of how such partnerships could work in practice, the outcomes that could be achieved, or the relative merits of partnerships over other approaches to development.


Journals and Articles

Journal of Youth Studies
International scholarly journal devoted to a theoretical and empirical understanding of young people’s experiences and life contexts; focuses upon young people within a range of contexts, such as education, the labour market and the family.

Just keeping them busy? Youth employment projects as a peacebuilding tool - International Development Planning Review, 2013
This article argues that the practice of using youth employment projects for peacebuilding is rooted in untested, problematic and possibly flawed assumptions, which fundamentally affects the chance of success for such interventions.

Making Sense of Africa's Priorities for the Post 2015 Development Agenda - Development. Mar 2013, Vol. 56 Issue 1
Looking at the stakeholder perspectives regarding the MDGs and the post-2015 agenda, this research finds that African stakeholders seek an 'MDGs Plus' solution for post-2015: a reformulation of the MDGs to account for sustainability, inequality, and quality of service delivery, accompanied by the addition of enablers to the goal process.

OECD and Post-2015 Reflections Series
The series entails an overview paper and 11 elements, each of which focuses on different areas that are crucial for the success of the post-2015 development agenda.


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Access to electronic resources

Books and articles can be accessed online within the UN Headquarters.

Articles can be delivered to permanent mission by e-mail upon request.



This guide is intended to provide delegates and UN Secretariat Staff with selected content from both UN and non-UN sources on the topic.

It references third-party web sites, books and articles. It does not imply the endorsement of the content by the United Nations.


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