Health in the Post-2015: NGO Strategy Meeting

UN Foundation, New York, September 26, 2014

This informal NGO strategy meeting was co-hosted by the NCD Alliance, the UN Foundation, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, and the Global Health Council. The meeting was held at the UN Foundation in New York during the opening week of the UN General Assembly high-level debate. Organizations that have been engaging in the NGO health cluster as part of the post-2015 sustainable development process were invited to participate in the meeting. Over 30 groups were represented, with additional organizations joining by conference call.

The major objectives of the meeting were to provide a forum for health NGOs to reflect on and discuss the positioning of health in the post-2015 process, to identify shared priorities for the next phase of negotiations through September 2015, to undertake priority country mapping, to discuss joint advocacy opportunities, and to explore a mechanism for ongoing advocacy coordination among partners.

Representatives from global surgery & anaesthesia partner organizations were represented at the meeting and contributed comments expressing our concern that surgery has not been adequately represented in the proposed sustainable development goals. The group also discussed strategies for greater collaboration and cooperation across issues aligned under the health umbrella as we enter the final phase of the post-2015 sustainable development agenda setting process.   

In the coming months, the surgery and anaesthesia partners will benefit from aligning with groups that serve populations most greatly impacted by surgical disparities, including women, children, youth and the most vulnerable. Our group will also benefit from continued engagement in the post-2015 process, including a coordinated strategy for reaching out to member states across a wide geographic scope. The final steps of the sustainable development agenda setting process will take place between now and September 2015. Key topics to be addressed include:

  • Financing and means of implementation discussions; 
  • Strategies for delivering goals and targets outlined in the final report of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (see side bar for details);
  • Monitoring and accountability mechanisms.

Details regarding upcoming meetings and opportunities for civil society engagement are yet to be confirmed. A timeline of events is expected to become available in the weeks ahead.