Post-2015 Development Agenda: Transforming Economies through Sustainable Development

The High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda has released a report which sets out a universal agenda to eradicate extreme poverty from the face of the earth by 2030, and deliver on the promise of sustainable development. Building on the advances of the Millennium Development Goals, the Panel calls for the creation of a new Global Partnership that offers hope and a role to every person in the world. The report harnesses the diversity of voices heard in the Panel’s consultations with people around the globe – having interacted with more than 5,000 civil society groups from 121 countries in developing its recommendations.

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The report, A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies through Sustainable Development,” forms part of the process of consultations being conducted by the U.N. in crafting the development agenda to succeed the Millennium Development Goals following the 2015 deadline for their achievement. 

African representation on the High Level Panel includes Her Excellency Ms. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia, Fulbert Amoussouga Gero of Benin, Graça Machel of Mozambique, Betty Maina of Kenya and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of Nigeria.

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom said: “This report sets out a clear roadmap for eradicating extreme poverty by 2030. We need a new global partnership, to finish the job on the current Millennium Development Goals, tackle the underlying causes of poverty, and champion sustainable development.”

The Roadmap

In the report, the Panel calls for the new post-2015 goals to drive five big transformative shifts:

  • Leave No One Behind. After 2015 we should move from reducing to ending extreme poverty, in all its forms. We should ensure that no person – regardless of ethnicity, gender, geography, disability, race or other status – is denied basic economic opportunities and human rights.
  • Put Sustainable Development at the Core. We have to integrate the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability. We must act now to slow the alarming pace of climate change and environmental degradation, which pose unprecedented threats to humanity. 
  • Transform Economies for Jobs and Inclusive Growth. A profound economic transformation can end extreme poverty and improve livelihoods, by harnessing innovation, technology, and the potential of business. More diversified economies, with equal opportunities for all, can drive social inclusion, especially for young people, and foster sustainable consumption and production patterns.
  • Build Peace and Effective, Open and Accountable Institutions for All. Freedom from conflict and violence is the most fundamental human entitlement, and the essential foundation for building peaceful and prosperous societies. At the same time, people the world over expect their governments to be honest, accountable, and responsive to their needs. We are calling for a fundamental shift – to recognize peace and good governance as a core element of wellbeing, not an optional extra.
  • Forge a New Global Partnership. A new spirit of solidarity, cooperation, and mutual accountability must underpin the post-2015 agenda. This new partnership should be based on a common understanding of our shared humanity, based on mutual respect and mutual benefit. It should be centred around people, including those affected by poverty and exclusion, women, youth, the aged, disabled persons, and indigenous peoples. It should include civil society organizations, multilateral institutions, local and national governments, the scientific and academic community, businesses, and private philanthropy.

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