Beyond 2015

The Beyond 2015 international civil campaign in Hungary

On this site you can read about the campaign, the Hungarian news and B15 documents in general.


What is the Beoynd 2015 campaign about?

The aim of HAND with starting the Beyond 2015 international civil campaign as its lead agency from the 1st of April 2014 in Hungary, and with the establishment of the Hungarian B15 National Civil Consultancy Forum was to involve Hungarian civil society organizations in the Beyond 2015campaign to actively shape the campaign’s policy proposals and messages and to pass these on to the national and international decision-makers.

Beyond 2015 is a global civil society campaign involving more than 1000 organizations from more than 130 countries, pushing for a strong and legitimate successor framework to the Millennium Development Goals, and to influence the UN consultations related to the new goals.

In June 2014

  • CONCORD Director Seamus Jeffreson’ letter to Commissioners Piebalgs and Potočnik also with the latest EC communication;
  • the letter of four Beyond2014 leaders addressed to the co-chiars of the OWG.
  • Here you can read (this only in Hungarian) our B15 BRIEF about the most important processes in the international development cooperation nowadays and the campaign. The brief’s aim was to help strengthen cooperation between development NGO-s and the environmental and other NGOs in the field of international development.


The aim of the Beyond 2015 campaign is to generate conceptual changes in connection to the above mentioned new framework so they can create the conditions for a fair and sustainable world, while respecting the human rights and the non-renewable resources of the planet.

We need a serious change in our approach and paradigm to reach or to come nearer to our future goals until 2030. The good news is that this is not anymore only emphasized by the experts and the civil society but among the UN institutions too. But the bad news is that the people who support this view and have recognized the need of change are still in minority, and those who could realize this vision are much fewer.


And what is IDC by the way?

  • “The goal of the international development cooperation (IDC) is to reduce the global poverty and inequality in the world and to promote stability, peace, sustainable development, democracy, human rights and legal certainty. As a member of the European Union and the OECD Hungary is paying a thriving attention to IDC, wich is also an important aspect of the foreign relations.” (Quote taken from the official site of the previous Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, from 2013. – lately removed from there)

The MDGs are the global compass of IDC between 2000 and 2015

But what is meant under MDGs?

MDGs are the Millennium Development Goals established in 2000.

Here is a general short (resource) paper on the theme:

„How, if it all, do - Millennium Development Goals turn into sustainable goals?” by Réka Balogh and Péter Rohonyi

Also available in Hungarian:

At the Millennium Summit in September 2000 the largest gathering of world leaders in history adopted the UN Millennium Declaration, committing their nations to a new global partnership to reduce extreme poverty and setting out a series of time-bound targets, with a deadline of 2015, that have become known as the Millennium Development Goals. All 189 United Nations member states at the time (there are 193 currently) and at least 23 international organizations committed to help achieve the following Millennium Development Goals by 2015:

  1. To eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
  2. To achieve universal primary education
  3. To promote gender equality and empower women
  4. To reduce child mortality
  5. To improve maternal health
  6. To combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases
  7. To ensure environmental sustainability
  8. To develop a global partnership for development

The internationally agreed framework of 8 goals and 18 targets was complemented by 48 technical indicators to measure progress towards the Millennium Development Goals. These indicators have since been adopted by a consensus of experts from the United Nations, IMF, OECD and the World Bank. The goal system is like an international consensus that we can agree with or argue about, but we definitely can’t ignore it. We hope that the new framework will be also an inevitable international initiative.


And what are the SDGs?

We give you here 3 different quotes below, apart from the definition found in the above mentioned short resource paper about from MDGs to SDGs: „How, if it all, do …”:

1st from Wikipedia:

Second and third from UN sources:

  • „The UN is working with governments, civil society and other partners to shape an ambitious sustainable development framework to meet the needs of both people and planet, providing economic transformation and opportunity to lift people out of poverty, advancing social justice and protecting the environment."

The Future We Want: Outcome document adopted at Rio+20


„Sustainable development goals

One of the main outcomes of the Rio+20 Conference was the agreement by member States to launch a process to develop a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will build upon the Millennium Development Goals and converge with the post 2015 development agenda (click here for information on different work streams). It was decided establish an "inclusive and transparent intergovernmental process open to all stakeholders, with a view to developing global sustainable development goals to be agreed by the General Assembly". „  

The High Level Panel’s 12 points are available in this document: A NEW GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP: ERADICATE POVERTY AND TRANSFORM ECONOMIES THROUGH SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - The Report of the High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda

The UN’s Open Working Group (OWG), which has Mr Korosi as its Hungarian co-chair is having its final session at the time of this publication (2014.07.15.).

Their materials, documents are available here; and their latest document on SDGs which was made for the last, the 13rd session is available here.


One of the major civil groups working for better SDGs is us: BEYOND 2015 GLOBAL CAMPAIGN and its core values

The organizations supporting Beyond2015 recognized 7 foundational values and 4 implementation values before the goals were set. This was an essential step in the process of creating the new 40 goals and the concrete indicators. The 7 foundational values that are the cornerstones of the international development according to civil society are these:

1.Environmental sustainability: more equitable distribution of resources in addition to sustainable use of renewable and non-renewable natural resources

2.Human rights: the post-2015 framework must be wholly consistent with and reinforcing of international human rights commitments, law and standards

3.Poverty eradication: the new framework must demonstrate throughout that it is aiming at the eradication, not simply the reduction, of extreme poverty.

4.Well-being: go beyond an income based notion of poverty to a focus on well-being to better reflect true progress

5.Peace and security: peace and security are major factors which undermine progress to development

6.Equity: promote reductions in inequality which specifically targets those who are most marginalised and vulnerable (as a result of intersecting factors including age, gender, disability, ethnicity, geographic location and others)

7.Global Responsibility: recognize shared global challenges and include the obligations, ownership and accountability of every country to respond to the needs of all

And the implementation values are:

  • accountability
  • participation
  • effectiveness
  • evidence


What can my organization do?

You can sign our initiative and you can join the National Civil Consultancy Forum, and as soon as possible be a member of HAND. Support our initiatives and follow the news!

And how important is IDC in Hungary? Not enough! We should make it more important together! But in any case there is a department in the institution of the Deputy Secretary of State of Global Issues that is responsible for IDC, however, their newly, in 2014 made webpage has not been available lately, end of July 2014. We hope soon it will come back alive:  

What is HAND?

HAND (Hungarian Association of NGOs for Development and Humanitarian Aid) was established in 2003 as an umbrella organization for the Hungarian NGOs working on the field of international development cooperation and humanitarian aid. One quarter of the member organizations are green NGOs. We hope to welcome new members as well!

Further information on the Hungarian Beyond2015 campaign:




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