28 Apr 2014
Leire Pajín, Policy Adviser
The UN has led consultations on a new development agenda that takes voices from all its member states into consideration. (Photo: UNDP Thailand)
The world has undergone significant change since the launching of the Millennium Declaration – a declaration capable of galvanizing political will and enabling agreement on the international development agenda as defined by eight objectives. The time has now come to examine and renew true political commitments.
As part of this process, the UN has led reflection and debate to define a new agenda for the “Future We Want for All" initiative based on two guiding principles: to accelerate and fulfill of the Millennium Declaration’s tasks, and also to incorporate the new challenges posed by our unique and complex world based on lessons learnt during the past 14 years.
What role can the international community play within this context? Finish what has been started. If we take stock of what has happened during these 14 years, much progress has been made, particularly in reducing extreme poverty, creating universal access to primary education, fighting malaria and improving access to drinking water.
As various UN reports have highlighted, several countries have made significant strides forward on the MDGs, and some of the most important successes in recent years have occurred in the poorest countries.
However, new challenges appear on the horizon. We need a …