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Integrating population issues into sustainable development, including in the post-2015 development agenda

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In its decision 2013/101, the Commission on Population and Development decided that the special theme for its forty-eighth session would be “Realizing the future we want: integrating population issues into sustainable development, including in the post-2015 development agenda”. The present report is one of three reports that have been produced to guide the Commission’s deliberations. The central challenge in designing the post-2015 development agenda is to ensure that efforts to improve the quality of life of the present generation are far-reaching, broad and inclusive but do not compromise the ability of future generations to meet their needs. Accomplishing this goal hinges on the ability of the international community to ensure access to resources for growing numbers of people, eradicate poverty, move away from unsustainable patterns of consumption and production and safeguard the environment. In designing and implementing the new development agenda it is important to understand and account for the demographic changes that are likely to unfold over the next 15 years. While much remains unknown about the rate of transformation of the global economy or the speed at which technological advancements will be needed to improve efficiency and reduce humanity’s environmental footprint, the speed and direction of population change, at least in the near future, is far more predictable. The report focuses on the demographic changes that are projected to occur over the next 15 years and discusses what they imply for efforts to achieve sustainable development.

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Global partnerships for sustainable development

Numerous documents including the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development, the report of the Secretary-General on a framework of actions for the follow-up to the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development beyond 2014 (A/69/62) and the recent synthesis report of the Secretary-General on the post-2015 development agenda, entitled “The road to dignity by 2030: ending poverty, transforming all lives and protecting the planet” (A/69/700) have stressed the importance of global partnerships for sustainable development. The further implementation of the Programme of Action requires a revitalized global partnership that incorporates all relevant stakeholders at the national, regional and global levels. Multi-stakeholder partnerships have proven successful in mobilizing resources, building trust among stakeholders and fostering consensus around controversial issues. They have also brought about efficiency gains in programme delivery.10 Initiatives such as Every Woman, Every Child, which was launched by the Secretary-General in 2010 and aims to mobilize and intensify international and national action by Governments, the private sector and civil society to address the major health challenges facing women and children around the world, have proven successful in this regard.11 In the field of international migration, several partnership initiatives between Governments in countries of origin and destination, international organizations and civil society have also proven successful.

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