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U.N. Discusses SDGs; Report Estimates Goal Monitoring To Cost $250B

News outlets report on the U.N.’s discussions surrounding the post-2015 development agenda and a new report estimating development goal monitoring will cost $250 billion.

GlobalPost: At U.N. General Assembly, global health projects are big business
“…While it is clear that the eight goals will not be met by the December 31, 2015 deadline, observers are putting their faith in the promise of trillions of dollars of aid financed through private industries in programs called public-private partnerships, or PPPs…” (Basu, 9/25).

The Guardian: U.N. begins talks on SDGs, ‘carrying the hopes of millions and millions’
“Talks that will shape the global agenda on social, economic and environmental development for at least the next 15 years got under way with world leaders in New York on Wednesday. On the first day of the U.N. debate, the president of the General Assembly, Sam Kutesa, called on member states to work tirelessly over the next 12 months to agree ‘a truly transformative agenda’ in a new set of development goals that will improve the lives of all people…” (Ford, 9/24).

Reuters: World risks spending $250 billion just to monitor U.N. development goals
“The world risks having to spend about $250 billion just to monitor U.N. development targets for 2030, diverting cash from goals such as ending poverty or protecting the environment, according to a study published on Wednesday. The report said governments should sharply cut a current draft list of targets for 2030 from a current 169 to avoid over-spending on compiling statistics. A World Bank official contested the study, calling the cost estimates too high…” (Doyle, 9/24).