United Nations Development Group Delivering Together for Development
The Arab Development Forum

Priorities for the Post-2015 Agenda

Date: 10 - 11 April 2013
Location: Amman, Jordan


The Arab region has achieved progress in many MDG areas, including significant strides in health and education. However gains have been uneven, the Arab region continued to be characterized by sharp disparities between the different sub-regions, particularly between the high-income countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the Least Developed Countries (LDCs).

Progress has varied, with setbacks such as insufficient investment, global economic disruption, and conflict and instability hindering national efforts to achieve development objectives. Indeed, while several Arab countries are on track to achieve most of the MDG targets, the Least Developed Countries in the region and countries and territories experiencing conflict or occupation are unlikely to meet the majority of targets by the target year of 2015.  Progress has also been uneven at sub-national levels.

In several Arab countries progress has been more rapid in urban areas than in rural areas. Inequalities in access to services and opportunities have been reflected in entrenched gaps, particularly for the poorest and those most discriminated against.

At the same time, other development needs have gained attention or become more pressing since the year 2000. Following the historic events of 2011, a new era of development policy may be arising across the region. New social compacts are being debated in which development will be framed as more than economic growth and access to social services; it will also be about justice and accountability, inclusive growth and youth employment, and resilience to ecological change and resource scarcity.

This holds important implications not only within the region itself but for the global post-2015 shift. While in 1990 a majority of the poor lived in LDCs, the majority now resides in MICs. The transformational change in the Arab region is one of the most fundamental lessons in recent history on how hard-won development gains in MICs can be derailed unless issues like accountability, equality and sustainability are engaged at the core of development policy.

The Declaration of the Arab Economic and Social Summit in January 2013 outlined a broad call among Arab governments to tackle a broad range of development issues, from employment, to gender issues, to food security, to poverty reduction and more in their pursuit of the MDGs.

The objective of the Forum is four-fold:

  • To strengthen national debates on the post-2015 agenda by complementing formal inter-governmental consultations and UNCT-initiated national consultations with continuous engagement of a broad set of voices, including civil society and actors not often engaged in formal public deliberation.
  • Ensure that development debate in the region keeps up with the changing development context, key challenges and drivers-of-change of our time, from a people-centred perspective.
  • To ensure that the deliberative momentum being built in the run-up to 2015 is not confined to stand-alone events but rather consists of ongoing dialogue in the form of meetings, social media and traditional media.
  • To strengthen a broad-based constituency for development in the Arab region, with a view to fostering ever-stronger citizen’s participation in monitoring, analysis and advocacy around development objectives, policies and results.

post-2015 debate!


MY World is a United Nations global survey for citizens. Working with partners, we aim to capture people’s voices, priorities and views, so world leaders can be informed as they begin the process of defining the next set of global goals to end poverty.

View More


Post-2015 National Consultations in the Arab States




Go to consultations


Arab Development Forum Report Summary
April 2013
Related Documents

Arab Development Forum

Background Documents – Post 2015 Agenda


Reports of the United Nations Secretary-General

  • Annual report of the Secretary-General: Accelerating progress towards the MDGs: options for sustained and inclusive growth and issues for advancing the UN development agenda beyond 2015
    Arabic/ English
  • Report of the Secretary-General: Keeping the promise: a forward-looking review to promote an agreed action agenda to achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015 (A/64/665)
    Arabic/ English
  • Report of the Secretary-General: Road map towards the implementation of the United Nations Millennium Declaration (A/56/326)
    Arabic / English
  • Report of the Secretary-General: “We the peoples: the role of the United Nations in the 21st century” (A/54/2000)
    Arabic/ English
  • Report of the Secretary-General: Thematic framework for the Millennium Summit Report of the Secretary-General (A/53/948)
    Arabic/ English


Millennium Development Goals  - Regional Reports


MDG Gap Task Force Reports


UN task Team on the Post – 2015 Development Agenda


Background Papers