The g7+ has actively lobbied for the inclusion of Sustainable Development Goal 16 - “Promote peaceful and inclusive societies, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions” - in the final list of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to be agreed in 2015 to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
President of Liberia, H.E. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, was appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General as one of three co-chairs of the High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. In addition, the former Chair of th g7+ and Former Minister of Finance of Timor - Leste, H.E. Emilia Pires was appointed as one of the Eminent Persons. This gave countries affected by conflict and fragility an important voice in the negotiations of the post-2015 development agenda.
Extensive consultations were held with the aim of including often marginalised fragile state voices. To this end, various consultation and advocacy events have been organised by the g7+ group. The first such High level event took place in September 2012 during the 67th United Nations General Assembly. Attended by more than 300 participants, including heads of states and governments, ministers, ambassadors, CSOs, academic organisations and UN agencies, the event set the stage for further advocacy for peacebuilding and statebuilding to be recognized as a goal in the post 2015 development agenda.
In February 2013, the g7+ co-hosted the Dili International Conference on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, bringing together representatives from fragile states and the Pacific to ensure their concerns were heard during negotiations. The discussions resulted in the Dili Consensus, which calls for stronger links between development and peace.
A High Level Side Event on the margins of the 69th United Nations General Assembly was also held in September 2014 in collaboration with the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding. This focused on ensuring that peace and capable institutions are included as a stand-alone goal in the post-2015 agenda (read more here)