The COP21 climate summit currently underway in Paris will conclude a marathon year for international agreements related to development. The Perspective explains, in particular, how the Post-2015 Development Agenda, the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the other new frameworks fit together, and summarises how the change from the outgoing Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the new SDGs has unfolded.

It places the new frameworks into context through an analysis of the successes and shortcomings of the MDGs and an exploration of emerging development issues. It argues that the innovative nature of the Post-2015 Agenda creates a window for the more effective leveraging of space technologies for development, and closes with some examples of how stakeholders like the European Union and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs are already responding to this challenge.

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