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Towards a Transformative Post‐2015 Development Agenda - retreat 1

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On 2‐4 October 2013, the Independent Research Forum on a Post‐2015 Sustainable Development Agenda (IRF2015)—a collaboration of leading sustainable development institutes from across the globe—hosted the first in a series of informal retreats on the theme “Towards a Transformative Post‐ 2015 Development Agenda.” The purpose of the retreats is to provide an informal setting for open and substantive exchange of views on issues critical to framing the global debate on the post‐2015 development agenda. The retreats aim to support the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals and the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing. The retreats will progressively look at a range of issues at the intersection of poverty eradication and sustainable development and at different levels of action from global to local.

This first retreat included participants from 32 member states, UN and World Bank representatives, and members of IRF2015. The governments of Colombia, Norway, Pakistan, South Africa and Switzerland supported the organization of the retreat. The meeting was held under Chatham House Rule and addressed three inter‐related topics:

1) The nature and purpose of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their relationship to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

2) How a new global goal framework can be designed to integrate the economic, social and environmental dimensions of poverty eradication and sustainable development.

3) How to build a shared agenda based on the complementary principles of universality and differentiation and how to ‘unpack’ these issues.

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