WRI advances this global development agenda by convening key stakeholders and decision makers in the post-2015 process and by providing practical, evidence-based analysis and guidance on the key elements of a post-2015 development agenda. We do this in part as a member of the Independent Research Forum on a Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda (IRF2015), a collaboration of eleven leading sustainable development research institutes from across the globe.
Since 2000, the global development agenda has been guided by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Significant progress has been achieved on key goals such as eradicating extreme poverty, improving maternal health, raising literacy rates, reducing the incidence and rate of spread of HIV-AIDS, and reducing consumption of ozone depleting substances. Nevertheless, progress has been uneven, and inequalities between rich and poor have widened. Environmental degradation and resource exploitation continue at an unsustainable pace, threatening to cross planetary thresholds.
As the MDGs are set to expire in 2015, a new and more transformative global development agenda is needed to address these urgent challenges—one that engages a wider range of stakeholders, including civil society and the private sector.