Back to the future: what would the post-2015 global development goals look like if we replicated methods used to construct the Millennium Development Goals?

Brolan, Claire E., Lee, Scott, Kim, David and Hill, Peter S. (2014) Back to the future: what would the post-2015 global development goals look like if we replicated methods used to construct the Millennium Development Goals?. Globalization and Health, 10 1: . doi:10.1186/1744-8603-10-19


Author Brolan, Claire E.
Lee, Scott
Kim, David
Hill, Peter S.
Title Back to the future: what would the post-2015 global development goals look like if we replicated methods used to construct the Millennium Development Goals?
Journal name Globalization and Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1744-8603
Publication date 2014-04-03
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1186/1744-8603-10-19
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 10
Issue 1
Total pages 8
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher BioMed Central
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were ‘top-down’ goals formulated by policy elites drawing from targets within United Nations (UN) summits and conferences in the 1990s. Contemporary processes shaping the new post-2015 development agenda are more collaborative and participatory, markedly different to the pre-MDG era. This study examines what would the outcome be if a methodology similar to that used for the MDGs were applied to the formulation of the post-2015 development goals (Post-2015DGs), identifying those targets arising from UN summits and conferences since the declaration of the MDGs, and aggregating them into goals.

Methods
The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) list of major UN summits and conferences from 2001 to 2012 was utilised to examine targets. The DESA list was chosen due to the agency’s core mission to promote development for all. Targets meeting MDG criteria of clarity, conciseness and measurability were selected and clustered into broad goals based on processes outlined by Hulme and Vandemoortele. The Post-2015DGs that were identified were formatted into language congruent with the MDGs to assist in the comparative analysis, and then further compared to the 12 illustrative goals offered by the UN High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development (High-Level Panel) Agenda’s May 2013 report.

Results

Ten Post-2015DGs were identified. Six goals expressly overlapped with the current MDGs and four new goals were identified. Health featured prominently in the MDG agenda, and continues to feature strongly in four of the 10 Post-2015DGs. However the Post-2015DGs reposition health within umbrella agendas relating to women, children and the ageing. Six of the 10 Post-2015DGs incorporate the right to health agenda, emphasising both the standing and interconnection of the health agenda in DESA’s summits and conferences under review. Two Post-2015DGs have been extended into six separate goals by the High-Level Panel, and it is these goals that are clearly linked to sustainable development diaspora.

Conclusions
This study exposes the evolving political agendas underplaying the current post-2015 process, as targets from DESA’s 22 major UN summits and conferences from 2001 to 2012 are not wholly mirrored in the HLP’s 12 goals.
Keyword Millennium Development Goals
Global health policy
Post-2015 development agenda
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Article number 19.

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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