1. The Post-2015 Agenda presents a great opportunity to address the interlinked challenges of poverty eradication and sustainable development. Making the most of this is a key priority for the EU and its Member States. In its conclusions of 16 December 2014, the Council set out the EU's position on how to do so in a universal and transformative manner. These conclusions complement the December 2014 conclusions and further develop aspects of the new global partnership needed to achieve the sustainable development goals (SDGs).
2. To implement such a far-reaching agenda, a new global partnership for poverty eradication and sustainable development is required. It should transform and strengthen the way in which the international community works together.
3. Significant progress has already been achieved. The proposal from the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the report of the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing and the UN Secretary-General's synthesis report show that an agreement on an ambitious Post-2015 Agenda for people and the planet leaving no-one behind is within reach.