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UN Post-2015 Development Agenda

The UN is in a process of determining its future development framework as the targets of the Millennium Development Goals expire in 2015. Defining a post-2015 development agenda is Member State-led with broad participation from different stakeholder groups, including businesses and investors. This is an opportune moment for business and the UN Global Compact to help shape the future priorities of the UN and to prepare for supporting the implementation of the results of the post-2015 process, which is anticipated to include Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Global Compact is conveying the voice of responsible business through key intergovernmental processes. This includes milestones such as the Third Financing for Development Conference in July 2015. The results of the post-2015 process will be launched at a UN summit in September 2015. 

For an overview of Global Compact's main activities and projects, please read here.

The Post-2015 Business Engagement Architecture 

The Post-2015 Business Engagement Architecture illustrates the main building blocks necessary to enhance corporate sustainability as an effective contribution to sustainable development, creating value for both business and society. Each of these building blocks must be further strengthened and connected through a comprehensive and collective effort if they are to help take corporate sustainability to scale and turn business into a truly transformative force in the Post-2015 era. Access the Post-2015 Business Engagement Architecture

In 2015, to enhance the activity of sustainable business toward this agenda, the Global Compact will further articulate the building blocks of the Architecture, placing a special emphasis on issue platforms, Local Networks and aligning business strategies with the SDGs. 

To support this alignment the Global Compact, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) have joined forces to develop methodologies for companies. The toolkit will offer approaches to aligning business strategies with the SDGs, assessing impact, setting forward-looking goals and communicating results in a credible manner. The toolkit is being developed in parallel to intergovernmental discussions with a view to develop guidance consistent with the future SDGs and associated targets. More information

Consultations & Business Priority Areas

Following the Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum in June 2012, the UN Global Compact began gathering input and perspectives from the private sector for the UN Secretary-General to inform the discussions at the UN General Assembly plenary in September 2013. The findings of the consultations fed into other post-2015 processes, such as the High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda and were brought to entities such as the inter-agency UN Development Group to contribute directly to recommendations made to Member States.

Thousands of UN Global Compact business participants and Local Networks were surveyed on what global development priorities they consider central to a future development agenda. Below is a visualization of recommendations by business on issue prioritization, organized into four overarching areas: Inclusive Growth; Human Needs and Capacities; The Resource Triad; and Enabling Environment. 

Executive Briefs

To illustrate how business contributes to the implementation of the suggested priority areas, the UN Global Compact – guided by Global Compact LEAD –developed a series of “executive briefs.” This briefing series outlines the critical role business has to play in achieving global sustainability goals. The UN Global Compact especially encourages Government and UN representatives to review these briefs to learn more about the willingness of the business community to support the efforts of Governments and civil society in creating a more sustainable and equitable world. 

How Business Can Support Global Priority Issues

Implementing the Post-2015 Development Agenda


Building on the 2013 consultations, and in collaboration with the UN Industrial Development Organization, the UN Global Compact supported consultations in an additional 20 countries throughout 2014. The consultations, “Engaging with the Private Sector,” focused on implementation ranging from partnerships to SME engagement to government policies. Preliminary results fed into the UN Secretary-General’s Synthesis Report. Likewise, the results were presented to Member States. The Consolidated Report is available here

Additional Resources


Marie Wibe
wibe (at) un.org

(Last updated: 21 January 2015)