The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were adopted in 2000 by the member states of the United Nations to stimulate a coherent development framework across the developing countries. The MDGs were also intended to provide the nation states with a set of measurable targets and indicators to guide the prioritization national development efforts. Broadly, Bangladesh has done very well in attaining the MDGs; three of the eight goals have been achieved prior to the final deadline of 2015. However, continued efforts and strong global partnerships are needed to accelerate progress and reach all the goals by 2015.
While a new development framework for the post-2015 era is in progress, state and non-state parties all over the world are concerned to shape relevant and progressive post-2015 development agendas. Thus, on behalf of the civil societies of the world, it is imperative to develop a common forum and design a concerted effort to track the preparation, implementation and outcome of the post-2015 development goals. In response the culmination of combined efforts, achievements, lessons learned, and collected knowledge from previously organized consultative meetings in 7 divisions of Bangladesh, national convention of civil societies in 2013, a side event in New York during the UN General Assembly (2013) meeting, and Global Conferences on Community Health in 2013 and 2014, Eminence commenced the Global Citizen's Forum on Sustainable Development; during the 2nd Global Conference on Community Health 2014, participants from all backgrounds shared their own experiences, ideas, and opinions on how best to incorporate sustainable development goals in the post-2015 development framework. Both national and international conference participants strongly recommend the establishment of a global civil society forum mainly to (a) share the voices and opinions toward negotiations around the post-2015 development goals and (b) track the progress of implementation and outcome of the Sustainable Development Goals during the post-2015 era. It is with this international and participator input, that the GCFSD is formed with the core intent to address social segments of sustainable development such as water sanitation, food security and nutrition, and health.