The path to the summit

4 September 2015

Here is an update of everything that’s going on across Bond's membership in the run-up to the UN summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda, which will be held from 25 to 27 September in New York

If you are a Bond member, you can also join the Beyond 2015 group on MyBond.

Going to the summit?

If you or your colleagues are planning on being in New York for any time during the summit and want to be part of the Beyond2015 UK coordination please contact Kate Munro at kmunro@bond.org.uk. We will then keep you up to date with Beyond2015 activity during the summit.

Events and public mobilisation

IDC, Bond, Plan UK reception on SDGs

Bond, Plan UK and the International  Development Committee are hosting a reception in parliament on the Sustainable Development Goals – at 11.30am on Thursday 10 September.

It will take place in The Attlee Suite, Portcullis House, House of Commons (location 4 on this map) and refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP by Monday 7 September to Sarah Kirby at skirby@bond.org.uk. Please note that, due to the limited number of places, Sarah will need to confirm your attendance.

The Youth Summit: Our goals. Our voice. Our future

On 12 September hundreds of young people will gather in London at The Youth Summit to help shape the future of our world; it is a chance for young people to get their voices heard on the global issues. Designed by young people, for young people, the summit is being held at DFID in partnership with ICS.

With over ten organisations delivering nine workshops and three spotlight sessions, the day will look at issues ranging from climate change, education, gender equality and employment, focussing on young people as agents for change.

See the event page for more information.

World’s Best News

As part of the European Year for Development, Bond is coordinating the launch of the World’s Best News media initiative in the UK. Originally a Danish news campaign, from the UN and DANIDA, it uses constructive journalism to highlight the remarkable progress made in the fight against extreme poverty.

This year the focus of the annual publication is the Sustainable Development Goals. On Monday 14 September, Bond and volunteers will be at train stations across the UK distributing the publication to commuters. We will be publishing two versions; one central version as published by the World’s Best News hub, and one youth-focused addition coordinated by Bond with input from ICS volunteers on the role young people can play in development

Read your copy of the World’s Best News and check out what happened up and down the UK on Twitter with #worldsbestnews.

Join us to Light the Way

Thursday 24 September - 6pm - London 

Starting in Sydney and lighting up the world through Delhi, Johannesburg, London and San Paulo then culminating in New York, we will be joining throngs of people around the world the evening before the goals are announced at the United Nations. Will you join action/2015 campaigners in London as we make a powerful constellation of hope? 

As night falls in London, we're looking for 2,015 people to line up on Millennium Bridge holding stars to light the way to a better world. The images of the evening will then be printed, framed and delivered to Downing Street before nightfall, and footage from the event will feature at the UN the next day.

Policy and advocacy

House of Commons and House of Lords debates

Bond Beyond 2015 UK is briefing MPs and Peers for the upcoming debates in the House of Commons and the House of Lords on the SDGs. On the morning of 10 September there is a House of Commons session on the Sustainable Development Goals. On 17 September there will be a House of Lords Debate on the Summit on Sustainable Development Goals to be chaired by Labour Peer Lord Chidgey.  

Bond Beyond 2015 UK submission to the EAC inquiry

On 2 September the Beyond 2015 UK group sent a submission to the Environmental Audit Committee Inquiry on sustainable development, answering the following questions.

  1. What key policies are needed over the course of this parliament to adequately protect the environment, promote growth in the low carbon sector and improve wellbeing?
  2. Does the government’s current fiscal and legislative agenda accord with the action required and, if not, why not and where might it be improved?
  3. Where should responsibility lie in government for ensuring the sustainable development approach is adopted by all government departments?
  4. What metrics could the committee use to monitor the government’s performance on sustainable development over the course of the parliament?

Forthcoming publications

Beyond 2015 has been busy working on quality analysis across a range of important issues – including how to get the best possible indicators for climate change and inequality across the framework; and how to ensure the best possible structures and processes are in place in the UK to deliver the goals.

We’ll keep you updated on these publications, which will be available in coming weeks through our website and relevant lists.