City dwellers seek to transform post-mdg debate on urban poverty

Written by Alia Dharssi on the Thomson Reuters Foundation:

“Brazil has pulled more than 30 million people out of poverty since 2002, a success partly attributed to legal changes that empowered cities to act on social issues. Now, urban experts would like to see similar policies empower local governments to act on major global challenges on an international scale – and they warn that the consequences could be dire if their recommendations are not built into the global development agenda.

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) failed to effectively account for the dramatic urban transformations of the last decade and – if the post-2015 development agenda does the same – we risk losing valuable gains in the fight against poverty and the response to climate change, experts say.

Mounting concerns about the future of cities have inspired a campaign for a development goal dedicated to urban issues, a proposal that will be debated by the United Nations’ open working group on the post-2015 development agenda in January.”

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