The Sustainable Development Goals

In 2000, all Member States of the United Nations (UN) signed the Millennium Declaration, which led to the development of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), established by the United Nations as a time-bounding set of goals to reduce poverty and create a global partnership for development. As the MDG target date of 2015 is steadily approaching, member states, the UN system, and other actors including civil society organizations, are already looking forward to the next development agenda. The goal of ATD Fourth World is to create conditions for people living in poverty to directly contribute their knowledge and inform the policies within the Post-2015 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For people living in poverty whose dignity is constantly violated as a result of those circumstances, it is essential to have human rights at the core of the Post-2015 Agenda.


Outcome Document – Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals

After a year and a half of vast consultation and intensive negotiation, the United Nations’ Open Working Group on Sustainable Development has adopted a set of 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) that capture the world’s sustainable development priorities for the next 15 years.

The International Movement ATD Fourth World has been an active stakeholder in the processes and while it welcomes the final set of sustainable development goals (SDGs), it finds that the goals could better emphasize reaching the poorest and most marginalized people.

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Informal Dialogues

Every month, ATD Fourth World hosts informal dialogues to provide a convening space for Member States, Civil Societies, and UN agencies to meaningfully contribute to a unified vision for the Post-2015 development agenda. While a very diverse set of issues have been discussed, stakeholders seem to agree on the necessity of a transformative agenda that can provide structural changes for a new framework for sustainable development.

Posts about informal dialogues are consistently updated on our blog every month. Recent events can be viewed here and the past archive can be accessed here.


Towards Sustainable Development that Leaves No one Behind: The Challenge of the Post-2015 Agenda

ATD Fourth World teams from 15 countries have carried out Participatory Action Research projects to assess the progress of the MDGs.  These projects invite people living in poverty to use their knowledge to evaluate the MDGs, and to deliver proposals for the Post-2015 Agenda.  The research not only directly involves people living in poverty, but its conclusions directly inform all the advocacy done at the UN and other national and international institutions.

Knowledge From Experience: Building the Post-2015 Agenda with People Living in Extreme Poverty

Following the Participatory Action Research, the ATD Fourth World collaborated with other teams all over the world to host a seminar at the United Nations in June 2013.  The purpose of the seminar was to provide opportunities for people living in poverty to dialogue with UN stakeholders.  Participants with a background of poverty were invited from 10 countries to share experiences with each other, engage in a discussion workshop with UN stakeholders following the Post-2015 Agenda, and speak at a panel discussion at UN headquarters to present project findings.

Based on the Participatory Action Research described above, ATD Fourth World developed position papers with proposals for goals, targets, and indicators on the following themes:

Position Paper on "The Path Towards Truly Universal Quality Education"
Universal Quality Education
Position Paper on a "Social Protection Floor for All: Indispensible for Eradicating Extreme Poverty by 2030"
Universal Social Protection Floor
Position Paper on 'Understanding Poverty: Implications on Measurement and data Collection"
Understanding Poverty
Position Paper on "Means of Implementation: Thinking with People Living in Extreme Poverty"
Means of Implementation
Common But Differentiated Responsibilities
Common But Differentiated Responsibilities
Good Governance in the Context of Extreme Poverty
Good Governance in the Context of Extreme Poverty
Employment and Decent Work for All
Employment and Decent Work for All