UN post-2015 process for sustainable development

Sockeye salmon at the Hansen Creek in Alaska, USA © A Hendry

The United Nations resolved to integrate sustainable development in its development agenda. Some of the processes underlying their resolutions rely on bridges at the science-policy interface that have mobilised support from the scientific community.

ecoSERVICES contributed to Chapter 3. The Oceans, Seas, Marine Resources and Human Well-being Nexus of the Global Sustainable Development Report, 2015 edition (GSDR 2015). The Advance Unedited Version of GSDR 2015 is available here.

The GSDR is a United Nations publication aiming at strengthening the science-policy interface at the High-level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development of the UN. The GSDR adopts an assessment-of-assessments approach, documenting and describing the landscape of information on specific issues that are policy-relevant in the field of sustainable development. It is revised in depth every four years.

In early 2015, the United Nations sought extensive inputs from the United Nations system, researchers and scientists, government officials and stakeholders at all levels to develop the first GSDR. This resulted in the 2015 edition; its Advance Unedited Version was launched at the 3rd HLPF (26 June-8 July 2015, New York, USA). See news here.

Work progress
  • January-March 2015: ecoSERVICES and members of its community of practice reviewed and provided inputs to the draft of Chapter 3. The Oceans, Seas, Marine Resources and Human Well-being Nexus of GSDR 2015.



One of the main outcomes of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), in June 2012, was the agreement by Member States to launch a process to develop a set of sustainable development goals (SDGs) for the UN post-2015 development agenda.

In the course of 2013-2014, the Open Working Group on SDGs of the UN General Assembly prepared their proposal. It resulted in the definition of seventeen goals. The UN General Assembly decided these goals "shall be the basis for integrating sustainable development goals into the post-2015 development agenda" [resolution] at its sixty-eighth session, on 10 September 2014.

On 25-27 September 2015, the seventieth Session of the UN General Assembly will convene the UN summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda.

The main UN platform that follows up and reviews the implementation of sustainable development commitments and, as of 2016, the post-2015 development agenda and the SDGs is the High-level Political Forum (HLPF). One of the HLPF's working tools to provide guidance and recommendations on sustainable development is the Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR).

[Source: UN Sustainable Development website]

August 2015