As the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) swiftly approaches, people from all sectors and organisations around the world are discussing what a new development agenda should look like. Already three of the eight MDGs, namely poverty, slums and water, have been met ahead of the 2015 deadline, however much remains to be done, especially for areas that suffer from conflict. The development framework to proceed the MDGs, known as the Post-2015 agenda, is being drawn up amid consultations and reviews in order to determine what priorities and targets should have for future development.
In response to these reports, the Institute for Economics and Peace, as well as the Club de Madrid, released a position statement arguing two universal themes need to be included in this agenda: peace and inclusive shared societies.
The paper argues that these universal themes are central to any framework and crucial for the development agenda to meet the expectations of the five transformation shits (outline by the SG in afore mentioned report) which include: leave no one behind; put sustainable development at the core; transform economies for jobs and inclusive growth; build peace and effective, open and accountable institutions for all; and forge a new global partnership.
The paper addresses two key issues: firstly that peace and inclusive share societies are intertwined and universal theme that must be at the core of the post-2015 development agenda. And second that there is a need for improved data collection and metrics in order to better understand progress.
The Secretary-General's report for the United Nations development agenda beyond 2015 has just been released. Find out where peace fits into the plan for global development.
Without peace, there can be no development.
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