Global Development Campaign
NCDs in the Post-2015 Development Agenda
With the Millennium Development Goals set to expire at the end of 2015, the UN has begun a consultation process to examine the design, scope, and potential themes for the post-2105 development framework.
Our campaign to put NCDs in the post-2015 development agenda is the essential twin strategy to our campaign focused on the UN High-level Meeting (HLM) outcomes. To see real change, we need an effective NCD framework, and we need it to be fully integrated into the future global development framework.
Engaging in the Post-2015 Development Agenda Process
The sustainable development goal process is only one part of the UN’s consideration of the post-2015 development agenda. To begin the process, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) has convened a UN system-wide task team, which recently released their first report on the future development framework. The Secretary-General has also appointed a High-level Panel to continue evaluating the structure and components of the future development agenda. In addition, the United Nations Development Group, led by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), will hold national consultations and global thematic consultations on the post-2015 framework.
NCDs and Sustainable Development
The UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) was a critical entry point to the global dialogue that will deliver the post-2015 development framework. Outcomes of Rio+20, held in June 2012, include the agreement by all UN Member States to initiate a process within the General Assembly to develop a set of sustainable development goals (SDGs). As outlined in the Rio+20 Outcome Document, these goals “should be coherent with and integrated into the UN development agenda beyond 2015, thus contributing to the achievement of sustainable development.”
Development Assistance and NCDs
While the dialogue on the post-2015 development agenda proceeds, the absence of NCDs in the current global development agenda is linked to the significant lack of development assistance for NCDs. While the HLM Political Declaration recognised that resources are not “commensurate with the problem” and encourages governments to explore bilateral and multilateral channels, we are yet to see a major shift in resources.
Most of the bilateral aid agencies do not fund NCDs as a matter of policy because they do not feature in the MDGs. Yet by doing so, donors are neglecting their commitments to aid effectiveness, which require them to align and harmonise their aid to recipient country priorities, not global agendas. It is this aid policy that the NCD Alliance will be campaigning to reverse, through forums such as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).