Post-2015: Leading by example and supporting the process

Children in Brazil

Children in Brazil

© Thomas Köhler/photothek

We regard our G7 Presidency (...) as an opportunity to work towards agreeing a post-2015 agenda. We want to launch a global partnership in Germany that not only exists on paper, but impacts the everyday lives of as many people as possible (...).

German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the One World – Forum for the Future in Berlin

The global poverty rate has halved over the past 15 years. Important steps have been taken to pave the way for lifestyles that use resources more sparingly. Despite the progress that has been made, economic activity the world over is still neither socially nor environmentally sustainable: almost 1.3 billion people still have less than 1.25 US dollars a day to live on (UNDP, 2014). If resource consumption continues at its current pace, humanity will need far more than just the one planet that we have to live on. Climate change caused by human activity is increasingly leading to extreme weather events with many deaths and economic losses.

In 2015, the year in which Germany is holding the G7 Presidency, new, universally applicable Sustainable Development Goals are being prepared. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that were agreed in 2000 will soon expire. The post-2015 development agenda – the new roadmap for sustainable development – is striving for a balance between economic progress, social equity and ecological sense. The agenda is currently being negotiated at international level and is to be adopted at a UN summit in New York in September 2015. Its goals will be binding on all nations in the world and will guide their future actions – it will thus be a compact on the world's future.

Results of the G7 Summit in Elmau

As part of its G7 Presidency, the German government has been lobbying for an ambitious outcome from the UN negotiating process. This is not an attempt to duplicate the negotiations. Rather, it is an effort to ensure that the major industrialised countries in the G7 group send positive signals for a new partnership in the international community, leading by good example and preparing the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda. The German Presidency has managed to succeed in its endeavour. In their statement, the G7 have made clear that they support the envisaged new compact on the world's future for sustainable development while recognising the great importance of official development assistance, especially for the poorest countries. Germany has also succeeded in ensuring that the commitment to providing 0.7 per cent of GDP for development cooperation has been explicitly included in the final statement. This is an important signal to the developing and emerging economies with which we will negotiate in New York in September.

The success of the post-2015 agenda will depend, not least, on whether all stakeholders are on board: businesses, civil society organisations, academia and citizens. The German government attaches great importance to the participation forums that have been established, including the Dialogue Forum on the Post-2015 Agenda. Through the drafting process for the Charter for the Future (www.zukunftscharta.de - in German), the BMZ has already launched an important dialogue with all social stakeholders. The goals that have been set can only be achieved within a new global partnership, in a spirit of mutual respect, on the basis of common values with all relevant stakeholders working together.

The Charter for the Future is based on the understanding that if we are to meet the most urgent challenges in a changed development policy environment, we must embrace a set of common goals within a new global partnership. We must break out of the traditional silo mentalities of donor and recipient countries to forge a global partnership in which each and every country and actor assumes its share of responsibility. This partnership should be founded on the universal goals of sustainable development.

from the Introduction of the Charter for the Future "ONE WORLD – Our Responsibility"