Policy Goal


ICES and its partners are working for the inclusion of Essential Surgery in the United Nations Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)     

1. High Level Panel on the post-2015 development agenda

2. Health in the post-2015 Agenda

3. Sustainable Development Solutions Network

4. Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals

“Empowering Women and Children through Increased Access to Essential Surgery” 

5. UN Department of Public Information (DPI) NGO conference 2014


 The 65th UN DPI/NGO Conference will return to United Nations Headquarters from 27-29 August 2014. The 64th Conference was held in Bonn, Germany, and previous Conferences were held in Melbourne, Mexico City and Paris. The Conference was last held at UNHQ in 2007. A major civil society gathering at the UN, the Conference will provide an opportunity for civil society, international networks and activists to develop an “Action Agenda” to mobilize messaging, advocacy strategies, partnerships and accountability frameworks in the lead up to the launch of intergovernmental negotiations at the beginning of the 69th Session of the General Assembly for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda, due to culminate at a summit in September 2015. The Conference will also be an important milestone ahead of the Secretary-General’s September 2014 Climate Summit and UN General Assembly, finalization of the Secretary-General’s Synthesis Report on the post-2015 development agenda, and the Lima (2014) and Paris (2015) UNFCCC COPs. 

Resources document (please note SDG 3) here: http://outreach.un.org/ngorelations/files/2014/08/ResourceDoc25Aug2014.pdf

6. UN Secretary General Synthesis Report

The UN Secretary General has just released its synthesis report on the post-2015 sustainable development goals:



Other resources submitted by relevant Global Surgical groups:

Global Surgical Care in 2030: Metrics and Strategies

Health priorities post 2015:  Surgery must feature on the priority health agenda for the 15 years after 2015 

Surgery: A post-2015 Millennium Development Goal priority