During the first two days of the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York, a panel of 27 members, including government representatives, UN Officials and representatives of civil society, came together to speak about the follow-up on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) after 2015. The High-level panel is co-chaired by Prime Minister David Cameron, Mr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, President of the Republic of Indonesia and Mrs. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia.
During the first session of the panel it became clear that, as with the original MDGs, the major issue of the post 2015 development agenda will be to eradicate poverty and improve global well-being. In order to do so, “the agenda should promote equitable development, sustainable growth with equity and strengthen global partnership.” According to President Bambang Yudhoyono, “the agenda should address the needs of 9 billion people by 2050, this means it must address a higher demand for food, energy, job creation, infrastructure and more pressure on the environment” he continued. Also gender equality will be a pressing issue for the coming years. “Gender equality is universal, and in most developing countries it reaches a critical level, even in countries that are referred to as developed, gender inequality is still prominent” the Liberian, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf stated.
Prime Minister Cameron affirmed that poverty eradication will still be the world’s most prominent issue for the coming years. “We are not here to get rid of the Millennium Development Goals, we are here to urge countries to complete and meet the Millennium Development Goals and to meet the promises that countries have made about how they will help to meet the MDGs” Prime Minister Cameron stated. The Prime Minister made clear that in order to end poverty, the international community should focus on the causes of poverty, rather than the symptoms. He also claimed that, through social media, the poorest people in the world would be consulted about what they want in the process of eradicating poverty.
Moreover the Prime Minister claimed that the report made by the panel should be “simple, bold and ambitious” so that not only the panel, but also the world leaders can be held to account.
For more information on the Millennium Development Goals: http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/
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