The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of eight internationally agreed upon development goals, are due to expire in 2015. There is currently a lively discussion on future development frameworks and agendas post-2015. Several actors, including the EU, have acknowledged the significant changes and new realities in economic and political systems since the MDGs were agreed upon in the early 2000s.
In discussing a new development framework, the aim has been to include more actors, especially from developing countries, and correct the shortcomings of previous efforts. For many actors, a significant shortcoming of the MDGs has been the lack of attention on environmental issues and energy access. At the Rio+20 forum, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were promoted as a framework for bringing together the environment and development agendas. Several actors are currently considering whether the post-2015 agenda could entail a merging of the MDGs and the SDGs as a new, universal development framework.