World global development agenda shifts

Following months of extensive consultations, a High Level Panel led by the leaders of Liberia, the United Kingdom and Indonesia have released a bold agenda to eradicate poverty from the face of the earth by 2030.

The document titled "A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies Through Sustainable Development" will now be transmitted to member states of the UN.

Presented the report by Indonesia’s President, Secretary General Ban Ki Moon says it will inform inter-governmental negotiations on Sustainable Development Goals to replace the MDGs in 2015.

Ki Moon say he's confident that this will serve as vital reference point for the international community in defining and in agreeing to a post 2015 development agenda.

The recommendation has 12 goals and 54 targets. Ending poverty tops the list of social challenges, while calling for five transformational shifts.

The first shift is that no one would be left behind in accessing basic economic opportunities and human rights

The first shift is that no one would be left behind in accessing basic economic opportunities and human rights, placing sustainable development at the core of all policy formations, transforming economies that actually create jobs, building peaceful societies and creating accountable institutions.

Forging a new global compact of shared responsibility is also on the list, which Mexican delegate on the high level panel Ambassador Patricia Espinosa expanded on.

Espinosa says: "It requires developing the consciousness that the well-being of others is really the well-being of each and every country in the world and not seeing the conflict or challenges of development as something that is external to those areas in the world where the conditions are better."

Among others the panel consulted over 5000 civil society organisations and private companies who control 8 trillion dollars of global sales.

Panel member, John Podesta, a former White House Chief of Staff under Bill Clinton, said they were informed by the successes and failures of the MDGs.

Podesta says one of the failing of the MDGS was that it focused on peace and security but there were no buildings blocks to actually produce that. "

We’ve tried to at least add some ideas that can be thought through in the work streams of the UN process to ensure stable and peaceful societies", he says.

He added that they put together the building blocks that will create more peace and more stability and therefore more growth and opportunity for poor people. Human rights for example has been identified a core building block, as is peace and security.

Espanosa says that analysis of any conflict situation shows a close link to the economic conditions of the area as well as the well-being of people and lack of institutions. She adds that"how people are being treated, how people are living, their capacity to have access to services to cover their very basic needs" play a significant role.

The post-2015 agenda with an initial 2030 timeline will require in the region of 1 trillion dollars in investments with much expected to come from the private sector.

Source: SABCNews

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