Essential must haves - Legitimacy

How do we develop the framework?

a) The UN must lead an inter-governmental debate on the process immediately, which must be connected to the on-going discussions about sustainable development, aid effectiveness and financing for development.

b) The UN must agree on a roadmap, including time-specific milestones to develop the new framework. This roadmap must use the 2013 MDG Summit to define the vision for the post 2015 process, and culminate in a global Summit to adopt a new framework in 2015.

c) The framework must be aligned with, and facilitate progress in other global and regional processes, such as Rio +20, to avoid duplication.

d) The development of the framework must be based on a full and meaningful evaluation of the MDGs and the Millennium Declaration, and must take into account the shortcomings of the MDG approach and its limitations in addressing structural causes of poverty, inequality and exclusion. It must also recognise the positive achievements of the MDGs.

e) The development of the framework must be completely open and transparent, participatory, inclusive and responsive to voices and expertise of those directly affected by poverty and injustice.

f) The development of the framework (and its monitoring) must include an extensive consultation involving all stakeholders at local, national, regional and global level. This must include a formalised and meaningful process for civil society engagement, including the most marginalised groups.

g) Civil society organisations without ECOSOC status must be included in the consultation, as must those who are unable to participate in an internet based consultation.

h) Given the importance of monitoring and data collection, researchers and statistical experts must be included in the process for developing the framework.