The eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were developed as a global blueprint are centered around: eradicating extreme poverty and hunger; achieving universal primary education; promoting gender equality and empowering women; reducing child mortality; improving maternal health; combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases; ensuring environmental sustainability; and forming a global partnership for development.
In September 2013, world leaders met and agreed on renewed commitments to meet the MDG targets and to meet again in 2015 to adopt a new set of goals that build on the achievements of the MDGs.
As the 2015 deadline of the Millennium Development Goals draws near, and the international community prepares to define a new global framework for the future – and with half of the world’s population under 25 years of age – it is critical that the views and perspectives of young people are at the heart of this discussion and that they have their say in the post-2015 decisions.
Participate in the You + Global Leaders + SocialGood event on 13 May 2014, 16h15 -17h45 (CET)
In reocgnition of the valuable role that young people can play in shaping future development goals, the Kofi Annan Foundation and the United Nations Foundation are hosting a dialogue between global leaders and young people on the development priorities of particular importance to them: a good education, better job opportunities, better healthcare and action on climate change.
The event ‘You + Global Leaders + SocialGood‘ will be held on 13 May 2014 and will be livestreamed here. Young people are encouraged to get involved in this global conservation on the future and world you want by engaging on social media.
Follow all of the activity on Twitter using the following hashtags: #worldwewant #kofiannanlive #post2015 You can also tweet questions in advance for the UN Foundation board members before 13 May using the hashtag #post2015agenda
Tell the United Nations which issues matter most to you by voting on MY World, the UN’s first global survey on the future we want.
Sustainable Development Goals and the Future We Want
During the UN Conference on Sustainable Development held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June 2012, governments agreed to launch a process to develop a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The eleventh session of the UN General Assembly Open Working Group (OWG) on SDGs has just taken place (5-9 May 2014) at UN Headquarters in New York.
The OWG commented on a list of 16 “focus areas” and approximately 150 potential targets related to each focus area and discussed “newer” issues, such as climate change, ecosystems, oceans, sustainable consumption and production, energy, industrialization, infrastructure and economic growth and employment, human settlements, means of implementation, peaceful societies, and rule of law. It has not been decided whether these focus areas should be included in the framework and whether some of the areas should be combined or divided.