U.N. High-Level Panel Releases Final Report On Post-2015 Development Agenda, Calls For Ending Extreme Poverty By 2030

“The world should set itself the ambitious goal of ending extreme poverty by 2030, a U.N. panel co-chaired by [U.K. Prime Minister] David Cameron and the presidents of Indonesia and Liberia said on Thursday in a report [.pdf] proposing new development goals,” The Guardian reports. “The report said the world had to go beyond the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as they did not focus enough on reaching the very poorest and most excluded people,” the newspaper writes (Tran, 5/30). Titled “A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies through Sustainable Development,” the report “sets out a universal agenda to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030 and deliver on the promise of sustainable development,” according to the U.N. News Centre, which adds, “It also emphasizes that the new development agenda must be universal — applying to countries in the global North and South alike — and be infused with a spirit of partnership” (5/30). The report “form[s] the basis for two years’ negotiation on the agenda to replace the MDGs,” BBC News notes (Plett, 5/30).

The report “proposes 12 measurable goals and 54 targets for the international community to rally around to tackle the most pressing problems facing the world today,” Devex notes, adding, “Goals include ending extreme poverty for good, making sure everyone has access to food and water, promoting good government, and boosting jobs and growth” (Morden, 5/30). Front Page Africa provides a written statement from Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, co-chair of the panel, on the post-2015 agenda (5/30). “Just hours after the 27-member U.N. High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda unveiled its recommendations to replace the MDGs in New York, the thousands of stakeholders involved in the process began to analyze how the framework will affect international cooperation and the delivery of foreign aid until 2030,” Devex notes in a separate article and discusses the reactions of several stakeholders (Morden, 5/31).

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