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U.N. Must Address Education, Health, Gender Equality Needs Among Populations Caught In Conflict

Devex: The SDGs risk failing the most vulnerable in fragile states
David Miliband, president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee

“…[T]he aim [of the Sustainable Development Goals] will quickly become hubris unless the right lessons are learned from the MDGs and from the changing causes of extreme poverty around the world. … [T]he fastest-growing inequality — between people in stable states and those caught up in conflict — is all but ignored. None of the SDGs — on education, health, or gender equality — establish special targets for people in conflict-affected, so-called fragile states. We need a course correction, fast. … [The U.N. secretary general’s World Humanitarian Summit] should take as its mandate the development of a feasible plan to deliver the SDGs in fragile states. And it should start by developing agreed metrics of success in the form of floor targets for the essentials of life for populations displaced (or trapped) by conflict…” (9/9).

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