The UN’s Post-2015 Development Agenda
For the past 15 years, the global development agenda has been driven and measured by the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Early on, the MDGs were criticized for being too aspirational and critics warned that setting lofty goals would result in disappointing outcomes. But since the adoption of the MDGs, the world has seen unprecedented progress in eliminating poverty, hunger and disease, promoting gender equality and education, and fostering international cooperation. Due to this success, a collaborative and global process is now taking place at the UN to form a new set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will continue the work of the MDGs beyond 2015.

Under the direction of the Office of the Secretary General, the UN designed an open and inclusive strategy for setting the Post-2015 Development Agenda that encouraged the participation of stakeholders at all levels.  UNA-USA became one of those contributors last year when it led the effort to organize over 30 Chapter consultations in the United States and reported the results of these conversations to the UN. With one year left until the Post-2015 Development Agenda is set, UNA-USA has an important role to play in shaping the policy debates at the UN and is uniquely positioned to energize communities to take action and promote the importance of the SDGs at the local and national level.

As part of UNA-USA’s effort to participate in the setting of the SDGs and advocate for their successful adoption, 33 Chapters have been selected to hold Post-2015 events in their communities. These events are taking place across the country and together will lead a campaign to inform the U.S. population of this important moment at the UN and build a coalition of grassroots supporters for collaborative and universal global development.

UNA-USA Chapter Post 2015 Events


  • UNA Connecticut: October 11
  • UNA Queens: October 18
  • UNA Kentucky Division: October 18
  • UNA Utah: October 21
  • UNA Chicago: October 23
  • UNA Southern Illinois: October 23
  • West Triangle Chapter: October 23
  • UNA Dallas: October 24
  • UNA Greater Philadelphia: October 24
  • UNA Miami: October 24
  • UNA Rochester: October 24
  • Maine Chapter: October 24
  • UNA Upper Mohawk Valley: October 24
  • UNA Santa Cruz: October 25
  •  UNA Gainesville: October 25
  • UNA Columbus: October 25
  • UNA Georgetown : October 25
  • UNA Greater Seattle: October 25
  • UNA Westchester: October 26
  • UNA Centre County: October 26
  • UNA Inland Empire: October 28
  • UNA So. NY State Division: October 31
  • Southern California Division: November 1
  • UNA East Bay: November 8
  • UNA NCA: November 11
  • UNA Tampa Bay: November 15
  • UNA San Francisco: November 15
  • UNA Sonoma County: November 15
  • UNA San Diego: November 14 and 15
  • UNA Houston: November 20
  • UNA Hawaii – Honolulu: November
  • UNA So. California Division: December 1
  • UNA Greater Boston: December
  • UNA Boulder County: December
  • UNA Oklahoma City: December
  • UNA Spokane: December 6

Hold a Post-2015 Consultation in Your Community

A special toolkit has been developed that provides you with the tools and resources you need to hold a post-2015 event in your community. We encourage any Chapter or organization to join in this process by engaging their community on the future global development agenda. For more information on how to participate, please contact Chanteclaire Lantos-Swett.


UNA-USA Releases Report from Post-2015 MDG Develpment Discussions in U.S. Communities

In the closing months of 2013, over 1,000 Americans gathered in communities large and small to discuss the world they want in 2030. They came together to answer a call to action from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for every UN member state to seek public input for a new and ambitious development agenda to replace the Millennium Development Goals when they expire in 2015.

Read the full report





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