IPS Examines International Efforts To Create SDGs

Inter Press Service examines international efforts to formulate new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to follow the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that expire in 2015. “[C]ivil society activists and U.N. officials agree their success will hinge on policies that address the nexus of poverty, hunger and environmental degradation,” the news service writes. “A U.N. high-level panel, co-chaired by heads of government from Indonesia, Liberia and U.K., provided a roadmap last May aimed at eradicating poverty and hunger — possibly by 2030,” IPS states, adding, “How that target can be achieved will be left in the hands of an Open Working Group, comprising some 30 U.N. member states, which is expected to formulate its recommendations for SDGs next year.” The article includes comments from Danielle Nierenberg, co-founder of Food Tank; Jomo Kwame Sundaram, assistant director general and coordinator for economic and social development at the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization; and Anuradha Mittal, executive director of the Oakland Institute (Deen, 12/5).