• Leaders map way to take global development beyond 2015

    Posted by Amanda

    6 June, 2013

    The leaders of three very different nations, Indonesia, the UK and Liberia (as well as an army of advisors) have been meeting over the last nine months to discuss what the world might want to aim for in the next generation.

    At the moment we have the Millennium Development Goals which Micah Challenge campaigns around, but what happens after 2015?

    That’s what the High Level Panel has addressed in its report to the UN. It set out its ideas on a post 2015 global development agenda after hearing from thousands of people and groups.

    The report builds on the MDGs in many ways but goes beyond them. It wants to ‘eradicate’ extreme poverty and it urges the world to embrace sustainable development with social, economic and environmental dimensions. It puts women and youth at the heart of the picture and talks about the importance of peace and good governance. It weaves human rights throughout the report and importantly it wants any future goals to be universal – so they apply to Australia as much as Timor Leste and Brazil.

    And perhaps unexcitedly it champions really good data so that we can actually know much more about what is being achieved rather than merely reporting averages. It wants governments and citizens  to compare how people with different income levels, gender, disability and age, and those living in different localities, are faring.

    The first of the report’s five road rules says “Leave No One Behind” and says that the world should aim to end extreme poverty and ensure that no person – regardless of ethnicity, gender, geography, disability, race or other status – is denied basic economic opportunities and human rights.

    The second summary point is “Put Sustainable Development at the Core” and talks of the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability.  It urges action on the “alarming” pace of climate change.

    “Transform Economies for Jobs and Inclusive Growth” looks at how innovative business and technology can drive opportunity for all, especially young people.

    Good governance and freedom from conflict are encompassed in the fourth road rule, “Build Peace and Effective, Open and Accountable Institutions”. It states, “people the world over expect their governments to be honest, accountable, and responsive to their needs” and states “We need a transparency revolution, so citizens can see exactly where and how taxes, aid and revenues from extractive industries are spent.”

    Finally the roadmap calls for a “New Global Partnership” of civil society, governments, science and academia, business and private philanthropy. The partnerships should especially centre around people affected by poverty and exclusion, women, youth, the aged, disabled persons, and indigenous peoples.

    In discussion about goals, the Panel identified key issues that will cut across a number of goals – peace, inequality, climate change, cities, young people, girls and women, sustainable consumption and production.

    This report has been greeted with lots of positive comments (and quite a few ‘buts’ as well, mainly because we don’t know how all these inspiring words will work out on the ground.)

    I urge you to take a look at the report or at least read the summary. It’s a readable document and uses inspiring “transformation” language. 

    Twelve goals are set out in an appendix as the Panel admits that to do less would have been avoiding a key responsibility. They seek to combine the poverty agenda and sustainable development. Take a look at those too and see what you think.

    This is just the first stage in a process and your voice can still count, so as my friend in Haiti says, the words are matched by just actions.

    The Panel was established by the UN Secretary-General and the Report will be used by Ban Ki-moon as he sets out the United Nations’ vision ahead of meetings in September in New York.

    You can read the full report here.


    Amanda Jackson is the Head of Advocacy and Campaigns for Micah Challenge International and previously worked as the National Coordinator of Micah Challenge Australia.