United Nations General Assembly
The post-2015 sustainable development agenda, which includes the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), is to be adopted in New York in September 2015 at a United Nations summit of heads of state and government.
After a year and a half of negotiations, the United Nations working group on the issue adopted a catalogue of 17 development goals in July 2014. On 11 September 2014, the UN General Assembly agreed that the working group's proposal should essentially form the basis for the upcoming negotiations on the post-2015 agenda.
In this context, Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks expressed optimism: "The outcome in New York shows that multilateral negotiations can achieve ambitious results. The proposal contains important goals that can advance global safeguards for the environment and resources. Now we have to maintain this level of ambition until September 2015. Environmental protection must remain an equally legitimate part of the post-2015 agenda alongside economic and social policies."
In December 2014, the negotiations on the post-2015 agenda will begin on the basis of a report by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. In addition to the 17 proposed sustainability goals, the Secretary-General's report will deal with topics including funding and technological cooperation.