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Briefing Note: Fit for purpose

The High Level Committee on Programmes (HLCP) and the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) have identified Human Rights as one of five interlinked elements that are critical to make the UN “fit for purpose” in achieving the post-2015 development agenda: universality, integration, equality, human rights and the data revolution.

A number of factors have prompted the UN to critically assess its readiness to meet the challenges and opportunities of the post 2015 period. These include the emergence of a set of universal sustainable development goals (SDGs) replacing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); a fast-changing development context, financing landscape, new actors, and a departure from the traditional divides between North and South.