Agenda 2030


Deliberation on Sustainable Development Goals


icon-20140705Deliberation on the post-2015 sustainable development agenda are taking shape and the negotiations on scope and financing of the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) are becoming more concrete and contentious at the same time. Sustainability has been a concern for several decades and has gained greater importance in light of increasing climate warming and continued instabilities of the social and economic sectors at global levels. Two separate UN processes are underway to determine the SDG framework namely the HLPF (High Level Political Forum) and the OWG (Open Working Group) both working on defining and negotiating the world's Sustainable Development Goals. In addition,various stakeholder groups (NGOs, Business, Civil Society, Academic Institutions) and International Organisations have started their own discussions on what issues and priorities should be core features of the coming SDGs.

To be able to agree on a single integrated framework is critical to ensure successful progress towards the definition and implementation of the SDGs. Concrete goals need to be set at national, regional and global levels and concrete financial resources need to be committed for SDG implementation. The issues and themes that will have been identified as being top priorities will set the stage for policy choices concerning sustainable development goals and determine the world's progress.

CSEND, a think tank focusing on the development nexus of trade, poverty, employment and social equity, is contributing to these deliberation through its engagement in both the global, national and regional levels.




“The first SD-Learning Course has been launched by the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) as an integral part of the capacity building process for the implementation of the SDGs. The courses are scheduled from Friday, 26 June through Wednesday, 8 July 2015 in New York prior to the third HLPF conference programme for 6th July through 8th July 2015. CSEND has designed two modules and presented on the 29th June.  Other modules have been designed by UNITAR, the World Bank, Sustainable Development Solutions Network and others.

Sustainable Development Goals and Millennium Development Goals:an analysis of the shaping and negotiation process by Lichia Saner Yiu and Raymond Saner, 2014. Articlepdf

MONITORING OF SDG IMPLEMENTATION Infrastructure and Methodology – Proposal for Action, Article pdf

CSEND Proposal on Monitoring Infrastructure has been included in the "Prototype Sustainable Development Report" (6/2014), P. Our policy brief has been adopted into the Prototype Global Sustainable Development Report ( It reads, "A toolbox for monitoring sustainable development progress will need to be developed, in order to help decision makers. In this context, it is noteworthy that academics have proposed a dynamic SDG monitoring system that is based on comprehensive and differentiated data collection reflecting the operational realities at different levels of each country. It would make use of all three types of approaches for measuring sustainable development that are presented in this chapter. (Chapter 5: Measuring Progress, Page 82; Complete citation can be found as footnote 247) The full Prototype Global Sustainable Development Report can be seen at here.

HLPF 2 - Moderated Dialogue "Means of implementation for sustainable development"


Original - June 30, 2014 at here

Implementation of post-2015 development agenda by Raymond Saner, 30 April 2014 at the Expert Group Meeting on the role of the high-level political forum on sustainable development in post-2015 development framework (30 April 2014-1 May 2014) in New York.

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