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New inquiry: Sustainable Development Goals

13 July 2015

Over the last decade, international development policy has been heavily influenced by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), agreed by the UN General Assembly in 2001. These goals are set to expire, and a new set of goals, to be known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), is to be launched later this year.

In 2013, the UN General Assembly established an Open Working Group to begin the process of developing the SDGs. The Open Working Group reported in 2014, and suggested 17 new goals with 169 underlying targets. The Open Working Group's draft goals were based partly on an earlier report from the High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, which was co-chaired by David Cameron.

The Financing for Development Conference takes place in Addis later this month, and the UN General Assembly is meeting to formally adopt the goals in September.

The Committee is inquiring into how the goals will or should be implemented, for example:

  • Which SDGs should DFID prioritise and how? Should the priorities be country specific or an overarching strategy of SDG priorities applied to all partner countries?
  • How there could be a more coherent approach with other donors towards the SDGs with donors specialising on specific areas for example Education or WASH to reduce duplication etc.
  • How DFID could have a more strategic approach on how it uses contractors, multilaterals, NGOs and its own bilateral country offices to deliver on the SDGs.
  • Which SDGs should other UK Government departments focus on?
  • How will progress be measured? What should be the Indicators within the targets?

The Committee invites written submissions from interested organisations and individuals. The deadline for these is 10 September 2015. The Committee will consider requests for reasonable adjustments to its usual arrangements for taking evidence and publishing material, to enhance access. Please contact or telephone 020 7219 1223.

Please note

As part of a scheme to encourage paperless working and maximize efficiency, the Committee is using an evidence portal for online submissions of written evidence. Written submissions for this inquiry should therefore be sent via our written evidence submission form.

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