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Report on the UN Millennium Development Goals: we can eliminate world poverty by 2030
an article by UN News Centre (abridged)

The world has an historic opportunity to eradicate extreme poverty and achieve sustainability and equality for all through the new post-2015 development agenda, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today [30 May], launching a report that outlines a new framework to build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).


Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) receives report of the High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda from co-Chair President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia. UN Photo/Mark Garten

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“We are at the beginning of an historic journey,” Mr. Ban told the General Assembly after receiving the report, compiled by the High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The report sets out a roadmap to fill key gaps in the MDG process, such as building institutions “that are honest, accountable and responsive to people’s needs,” he said. . .

Entitled A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies through Sustainable Development, the report sets out a universal agenda to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030 and deliver on the promise of sustainable development. It also emphasizes that the new development agenda must be universal – applying to countries in the global North and South alike – and be infused with a spirit of partnership.

The report was delivered to Mr. Ban earlier today at a ceremony attended by Panel co-Chair President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia on behalf of his fellow co-Chairs, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia and Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom. The UN chief expressed his gratitude to the co-Chairs for their leadership and to the Panel’s members for their diligence and commitment.

In the report, the 27-member Panel calls for the new post-2015 goals to drive five major transformational shifts: move from “reducing” to ending extreme poverty, leaving no one behind; putting sustainable development at the core of the development agenda; transforming economies to drive inclusive growth; building accountable institutions, open to all, that will ensure good governance and peaceful societies; and forging a new global partnership based on cooperation, equity and human rights. . .

Vuk Jeremić, President of the General Assembly, expressed the hope that the Panel’s recommendations will serve as a wake-up call, “for we are not doing enough to meet the fundamental challenges of our time: to end extreme poverty in this generation and significantly narrow the global gap between rich and poor, without inflicting irreparable damage to the environmental basis for our survival.”

“I am truly convinced that we must act now to slow the alarming pace of climate change, which poses an unprecedented threat to humanity. And we must act now to profoundly transform the ways our economies work,” he continued, urging Member States to formulate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in accordance with the criteria set out in the Rio outcome, namely that they be “action-oriented, concise and easy to communicate; limited in number; aspirational; global in nature; and universally applicable to all countries” . . .

[Note: Thank you to Janet Hudgins, the CPNN reporter for this article.]

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This report was posted on June 8, 2013.