Year 2015 marks the end of the Millennium Development Goals, and the process of agreeing on a new development framework after 2015 is under way. CONCORD Sweden coordinates Swedish CSOs’ joint advocacy work on the new development agenda.
The starting point for the process of agreeing on new goals, is that it must be inclusive on a local, national, regional as well as a global level, and that it must include civil society, young people, the academy and the private sector.
The work carried out by CONCORD Sweden is part of the global campaign Beyond 2015. The campaign was created to make sure that the civil society voice is heard in this process. Beyond 2015 gathers more than 650 CSOs from all over the world; small, local ones as well as big, international ones. The Beyond 2015 campaign is divided into regional hubs and thematic working groups. The European hub is called the European Task Force (ETF) and it does advocacy work towards European policy makers. The ETF is a working structure of CONCORD Europe.
CONCORD Sweden, as part of Beyond 2015, coordinates Swedish CSOs’ work on the new development agenda. There is a steering group that meets regularly to plan activities and advocacy efforts. The members of the steering committee are: ActionAid, Diakonia, Fairtrade Sweden, the UN Association of Sweden, Forum Syd, The National Council of Swedish Youth Organisations, the LO-TCO Secretariat of International Trade Union Development Co-operation, MyRight, WaterAid, WWF, Plan Sweden, Save the Children Sweden, Red Cross Sweden, the Church of Sweden and the Swedish Mission Council.
The steering group has agreed upon a position paper, stating important principles in the development of the new agenda. The group has regular meetings with Swedish policy makers and offers advice to the Swedish Ministry of Foreign affairs and the Minister of Development Assistance, Gunilla Carlsson, who was part of the UN High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the post-2015 Development Agenda.
If you want to know more about our work, please contact our Beyond 2015 coordinator Hanna Hansson, +46-76-79 340 09 or hanna.hansson(a)concord.se.