In this paper Alex Evans and David Steven point out that the politics of agreeing an effective post-2015 framework are likely to prove extremely difficult, as there are deep disagreements that can surface between developed, emerging and developing countries. All this on the background of continued economic turmoil which leads to “short-term thinking” rather than thinking about longer-term challenges. So far the space for a leading country or a group of countries to lead discussions on post 2015 has not been filled.
The debate and enthusiasm for SDGs has so far crowded out discussion of goals that focus more specifically on poverty reduction. Evans and Steven, however, view a commitment to end absolute poverty an inspiring and politically attractive headline target for 2030. For this they think it is important to analyse the “geography of poverty” after 2015 and determine the most effective ways of making a difference to the lives of world’s most vulnerable people.
Lastly, they highlight that the immediate priority is to set out in more concrete terms options for the design of post-2015 goals, forcing all key actors to confront the benefits and costs of each option.