Global Governance Spotlight 5|2015

Follow-up and Review of the Post-2015 Agenda. Contributing to effective implementation of the SDGs?

Marianne Beisheim

June 2015; 4 pages

Global Governance Spotlight 5|2015 (pdf)

The United Nations Member States are currently in the process of negotiating the post-2015 agenda for sustainable development. This agenda will consist of four elements: a declaration, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the means of implementation (MoI), and follow-up and review. The negotiations in May 2015 dealt with follow-up and review, which is the main focus of interest here. The zero draft of the outcome document that was recently issued deploys an ongoing lack of clarity on many issues, some of the proposals are likely to make an effective contribution to SDG implementation. However, the challenges – to which solutions must be found before the post-2015 summit in September 2015 – are also moving into sharper focus.

Particularly after the contentious NATO-led intervention in Libya in 2011, established and emerging powers are pit against each other in the debate regarding intervention for the protection of individuals’ human rights. While established powers prioritize intervention and see military force as a useful tool, emerging and postcolonial states see non-intervention as a crucial guarantee of their autonomy, and favour non-military means of assistance. In the current Global Governance Spotlight Prof Dr Kai Michael Kenkel argues why the support of both, states from the Global North and South, is necessary to re-establish the legitimacy and effectiveness of the “responsibility to protect” (R2P) and gives recommendations how the debate might be invigorated.

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