UNA-UK releases development publication “Leaving no one behind”

18 Oct 2013

In the wake of UN General Assembly's Special Event towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on 25 September, the United Nations Association–UK released the publication “Global Development Goals: Leaving No One Behind” to inspire discussions and actions on international development around the world.

With contributions from over 40 experts and practitioners, the publication analyses the context in which the MDGs were developed while assessing progress to date and providing insights into the creation of the post-2015 agenda.

Aimed at policymakers, development experts, civil society, and people in general, UNA-UK hopes that this publication will “encourage renewed commitment to the existing MDGs, inspire creativity in achieving them, and generate debate on the main issues that will shape the course of the next decade of international development.”

“Leaving No One Behind” features contributions by over 50 officials and experts, including:

  • Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General
  • Irina Bokova, Director-General, UNESCO
  • Helen Clark, Administrator, UN Development Programme
  •  Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director, UN World Food Programme
  • José María Figueres, former President of Costa Rica
  • Richard Jolly, Institute of Development Studies
  • Georg Kell, Executive Director, UN Global Compact
  • Mark Malloch Brown, former UN Deputy Secretary-General
  • Amina J. Mohammed, UN Special Advisor on Post-2015
  • Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director, UN Population Fund
  • Lakshmi Puri, Deputy Director, UN Women
  • Jeffrey Sachs, Director, Sustainable Development Solutions Network
  • Wu Hongbo, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic & Social Affairs

“As the conversation on post-2015 continues, the UN Development Programme will do its utmost to support countries and communities to accelerate progress on the MDGs,” says UNDP Administrator Helen Clark in her foreword. “We call on all other development actors to commit to that too.”

The publication will be officially launched on 24 October in London at a UNA-UK ceremony to commemorate United Nations Day 2013.