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World Economic and Social Survey 2014/2015

Learning from National Policies Supporting MDG Implementation

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The year 2015 was one of global action concerning the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and other challenges. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development along with a set of new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will apply universally to all countries. As the MDG experience shows, setting ambitious goals is the first step; achieving them requires concrete actions. This publication reviews economic, social and environmental policies implemented at the national level and the institutional aspects that enabled them, bringing about significant progress towards achieving the MDGs. The Survey draws a set of policy lessons that States will find helpful in formulating strategies and policies for implementing the 2030 Agenda.

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Executive summary: Learning from national policies supporting MDG implementation

The launching of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) at the dawn of this century ushered in one of the most important initiatives undertaken by the United Nations. The implementation of this initiative formally expired in 2015 and the world is now set to embrace the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This Agenda succeeds the MDGs, includes the unfinished business of those Goals, and puts forth a set of sustainable development goals (SDGs). It is therefore incumbent upon the United Nations to draw policy lessons learned during the period of MDG implementation in order to support SDG implementation at the country level. This Survey aims to contribute to this endeavour.

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