Towards a New Generation of Development Goals

Club De Madrid – Ford Foundation – NGLS – Permanent Mission of Peru to the UN – Republique Francaise – Permanent Mission of Mexico to the UN – Friedrich Ebert Stiftung

November 26, 2012


It was stressed that we must ensure the voices of the poor and marginalized are prominently heard. Our deliberations are based on the best social, economic and environmental science and information. The United Nations, through the United Nations Development Group (UNDG), is facilitating national consultations in around 100 countries, as well as a number of thematic consultations, to eradicate extreme poverty and achieve universal, equitable development and to protect natural resources. 

Having the Millennium Development Goals completed by 2015 is priority number one.  It must also be recognized that the Millennium Development Goals are a staging post on a longer road. All three dimensions – economic, social and environmental – must be balanced when development framework after 2015. Three groups are converging in the post-2015 agenda:  the Open Working Group of Member States on Sustainable Development Goals; the Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on SE4All; the United Nations system, generally including the Task Team on post-2015 and UNDG consultations. Their conclusions need to result in a single, coherent and ambitious agenda.

 The principles outlined in the Millennium Declaration remain as relevant as they were in 2000.  They should, therefore, permeate the expanded post-2015 agenda.  They must also build on the lessons learned from the Millennium Development Goals. The heart of the agenda should be a single set of global goals or targets, universal, but recognizing different national priorities, responsibilities and capacities. A new agenda must take a number of pressing issues into account, some of which have emerged in the past few years and some of which were not adequately accounted for in the Millennium Development Goals.  These include growing inequalities, unsustainable consumption and production patterns, changing population dynamics, migration, urbanization, the digital divide, the rule of law and rights perspective, and governance and accountability at all levels.

 The importance of the Global Partnership for Development — Millennium Development Goal 8 must not be forgotten including: trade, knowledge and communications technologies, access to essential medicines and financing for development. A new global partnership for development must include commitments by all countries, albeit differentiated.  While official development assistance will remain critical to least developed countries, the new partnership must embrace new forms of financing for development. Stronger partnerships among all relevant actors, including Governments, Bretton Woods institutions, the private sector, civil society, as well as academia, think tanks and philanthropic foundations should be established.


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