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Criteria and Measurement Proposals for a Post-2015 Development Agenda l Global Consultation on Governance and the Post-2015 Framework

Posted date: 
Mon, 12/10/2012
Source of the information: 
World We Want

GAP has contributed to the on-going Post-2015 debate, providing inputs on the feasibility of measuring governance as a theme potentially addressed by the future MDGs or Sustainable Development Goals. The experience from GAP is that measuring governance is possible, and politically and technically most likely achieved through the establishment of universal goals that allow for country-contextualised targets and indicators. National experiences, lessons and recommendations are presented in the discussion paper “Measuring Democracy and Democratic Governance in a Post-2015 Development Framework”.

As part of this stream of work, the UNDP Oslo Governance Center has moreover co-led with The Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) an expert consultation on “Governance and human rights: Criteria and measurement proposals for a post-2015 development agenda”, which took place in New York in Mid-November 2012. This meeting proposed and explored a number of criteria and considerations for selecting targets, indicators and mechanisms for measuring governance and human rights in the post-2015 framework. These may be useful for technical experts who wish to elaborate the monitoring framework of a new development agenda, and for member States in the OWG and other relevant forums. The criteria are based on key practical and normative considerations and builds upon the criteria already agreed at the Rio+20 conference. The group concluded that governance and human rights have a strong claim for inclusion in a post-2015 development framework.

Governance and human rights variables can be measured objectively and reliably, to meet the triple objectives of a measurement framework – the reflection and building of normative consensus, boosting and accountability. Criteria can be used to help develop an appropriate measurement framework. This will help ensure that the framework is ambitious enough to inspire action but realistic enough not to cause despair; be legitimate and mobilizing, but sufficiently measurable.

The concept note, agenda, list of participants, meeting summary, and background papers are available at World We Want. Approximatly 40 experts participated, representing civil society, academia, national statistical offices, United Nations and other multi-lateral agencies. A report from the consultation will be made available shortly and will serve as an input to the UNDG global thematic consultation on governance.

The Larger Consultation Framework

This expert consultation and the Global Consultation on Governance and the Post-2015 Framework  will feed into a planned multi-stakeholder governance consultation in Johannesburg, South Africa scheduled to take place at the end of February 2013. Constructed as an open and inclusive forum for civil society, policy makers, government officials, donors, UN staff and all other stakeholders to discuss the scope and priorities of a post-2015 development agenda, this process asks stakeholders to contribute to the setting of shared governance priorities in the context of ameliorating poverty and inequality, whilst championing universal rights and values. This initiative is currently spanning country consultations, global discussions, regional meetings and expert meetings.

National Consultations

56 national consultations are planned, to foster an inclusive multi-stakeholder process and advocate for a Post-2015 development agenda informed by national and local priorities. National stakeholders will come together for these events to exchange inputs and ideas for a shared global vision of "The Future We Want", in an inclusive and open debate with relevant knowledge on development challenges, opportunities and solutions. For an overview and more information on national consultations, see

The Global Consultation Online

11 thematic consultations are taking place online, across diverse platforms and consolidated at In addition, UNDP and OCHR are hosting a focused e-discussion was divided into two phases over the course of four weeks.

Phase l of the e-discussion, originally planned to take place from the 9 November 2012 to 2nd of December, but due to the great interest taken in the e-discussion, reflected by more than a 100 posts, this phase was extended. Phase l asked for stakeholders to reflect on the lessons that have emerged about the role of governance in the achievement and sustainability of the Millennium Development Goals and other international development goals. The overall guiding question of this phase of the e-Discussion was: What should be the governance building blocks for a post-2015 agenda?  The phase l discussion may be accessed here.

Phase ll of the e-discussion, started on the 3rd of December and is scheduled to run to the 16th of December. 
The main objective of phase ll, is to solicit and distil recommendations of specific relevance to member States’ deliberations on the post-2015 development agenda, including how post-2015 commitments could most effectively be framed, measured and monitored, and what kinds of accountability mechanisms might best ensure that new global promises are actually delivered on, in ways that respect and fulfill the rights of those facing poverty and discrimination. The overall guiding question of this second phase of the e-Discussion, therefore, is:  How can we ensure an accountability framework that takes into account human rights principles and obligations to assure delivery on the post-2015 development agenda?  The phase ll discussion may be accessed here.