This post was originally published on Breakthroughs, a blog from the Global Health Technologies Coalition (GHTC).
Trying to navigate and understand the post-2015 negotiations can be a challenge, so to help add some clarity, last week the GHTC convened a panel of experts to help explain the ongoing debates and where the negotiations stand and how health innovation is reflected in the agenda.
Here are my seven takeaways from that discussion.
1. There are still a lot of TBDs
Although we’re only five months away from September 2015 when the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be approved by United Nation (UN) member states, there is still much to be determined and worked out. While it’s expected that the goals and targets will look similar to those proposed by the Open Working Group (OWG) with some refinement of the targets, the process for determining the indicators has just begun and will likely continue through March 2016.
While member states work to finalize the goals, targets, and indicators, countries are also discussing financing and means of implementation for the agenda and how to build an effective monitoring and accountability framework.
2. The proposed SDG framework is comprehensive in a way the MDGs were not
The process for determining the SDGs was much more inclusive and consultative than the process for determining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). There were a range of opportunities for all member states, civil society representatives, nongovernmental organizations, other stakeholders, and even individuals to have their ideas and voice heard. The result is a proposed agenda that is much more comprehensive (and bigger) than the MDGs (17 goals and 169 targets in SDGs, compared to 8 goals and 21 targets in MDGs).