Complex Framework Of SDGs Should Aspire To ‘Sustainable Equality’ for Women, Children

The Lancet: Sustainable equality — a goal to aspire to
Editorial Board

“2015 marks a transition point for development which is, in its own way, exhilarating. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will shortly expire… A new set of aspirations must be fashioned to prepare the world’s people for times of continuing, indeed perhaps intensifying, change and uncertainty. … The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are being composed in a process that is, deliberately, more inclusive and comprehensive than that which produced their predecessors. Although health is, at the time of writing, restricted to a single SDG, two explicit goals focus, respectively, on achievement of gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls, and on reduction of inequality within and among countries. The SDGs will result in a complex framework in which health, sustainability, and economics compete for priority. How the new set of goals will be operationalised and evaluated will be fundamental to ensuring that the development trajectory of the 21st century is soundly based — on provision for and equality of all women and children” (6/27).