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Post-2015 Development Agenda Must Include ‘Intentional Focus On Adolescent Girls’

Huffington Post: Girls Left Behind: Review of Secretary General’s Report Leaves Much to Be Desired for Girls, Women
Lyric Thompson, senior policy manager at the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)

“Late last week, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon released his long-awaited report synthesizing various inputs to and, theoretically setting a vision for, the post-2015 development agenda that will replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) at the end of 2015. … The omission of an explicit reference to key rights and standards related to gender equality is a missed opportunity … An intentional focus on adolescent girls and their rights is nothing short of vital to achieving sustainable development. We can only hope that the Member States to whom the work of negotiating the next framework falls will now take up this important task” (12/9).

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