In case anyone hasn’t seen it, here is the terms of reference for the post MDG High Level Panel. The panel is chaired by David Cameron, Ellen Sirleaf Johnson and Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, and due to produce a report for the UN Secretary General in the 2nd quarter of 2013. The ToR is worth reading, as it refers to how the post-MDG and SDG frameworks are expected to tie together,
Terms of Reference for the High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda
1. The High-level Panel of Eminent Persons will be convened by the UN Secretary-General to advise him on a bold and at the same time practical development agenda beyond 2015.
2. The High-level Panel will consist of 26 Eminent Persons, including representatives of
governments, the private sector, academia, civil society and youth, with the appropriate
geographical and gender balance. Panelists are members in their personal capacity.
3. The panel should conduct its work on the basis of a rigorous analysis of credible shared
evidence. The panel should engage and consult widely with relevant constituencies at national, regional and global levels.
4. The Special Advisor of the Secretary-General for Post-2015 will be an ex-officio member of the HLP and serve as link to the UN system.
5. The output of the Panel will be a report to the Secretary-General which will include:
a) Recommendations regarding the vision and shape of a Post-2015 development agenda that will help respond to the global challenges of the 21st century, building on the MDGs and with a view to ending poverty.
b) Key principles for reshaping the global partnership for development and strengthened
c) Recommendations on how to build and sustain broad political consensus on an ambitious yet achievable Post-2015 development agenda around the three dimensions of economic growth, social equality and environmental sustainability; taking into account the particular challenges of countries in conflict and post-conflict situations.
6. To this end, it would be essential for the work of the HLP and of the intergovernmental
Working Group on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to inform each other in order to ensure both processes are mutually reinforcing. The HLP should advise the Secretary-General on how the SDGs relate to the broader Post-2015 development agenda.
7. To prepare the report, the Panel will take into consideration:
a) The Millennium Declaration, The Outcome Document of Rio+20;
b) The findings of the Report of the Secretary-General’s UN Task Team for the preparation of the Post-2015 UN Development Agenda; as well as lessons learned and best practices from the MDGs.
c) The findings of the various national and thematic consultations at regional and national levels which are coordinated by the UNDG as part of the preparations for the Post-2015 Development Agenda;
d)The need to build momentum for a constructive dialogue on the parameters of the Post-2015 Development Agenda, and propose innovative ways for governments, parliaments, civil society organizations, the business sector, academia, local communities to engage continuously in such a dialogue;
e) The ongoing work of the UN Task Team, the Special Advisor to the SG on Post-2015, the report of the Global Sustainability Panel of the Secretary-General and the findings of the Global Sustainable Development Network Initiative; as well as
f) Any other relevant inputs it may deem appropriate.
8. The HLP will be supported by a dedicated and independent secretariat headed by a senior official (Lead Author of the HLP report). The secretariat will also be able to draw from the wealth of knowledge and expertise made available to it by the UN system.
9. The Deputy Secretary-General will oversee, on behalf of the Secretary-General, the Post-2015 process.
10. The Panel will present its report to the Secretary-General in the second quarter of 2013. The report will serve as a key input to the Secretary-General’s report to the special event to follow up on efforts made towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals and to discuss the possible contours of the Post-2015 Development Agenda to be organized by the President of the sixty-eighth session of the General Assembly in September 2013.