Another New Year — And One More Chance to Choose the World We Want

Written by Mariela Castro EspínCuban MP, President of CENESEX and member of the UN High-Level Task Force for the ICPD, on the Huffington Post:

“The coming year is a crucial one for humanity, the future and the planet. Throughout 2014, in a series of global and regional deliberations, representatives from all member states of the United Nations will begin negotiating the basis for a new development framework to be adopted in 2015 that will affect the lives of billions of people from all countries, rich or poor, developed and developing, from north and south, for decades to come.

The framework under discussion, known as the Post-2015 Development Agenda, will build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which comprise specific goals and targets and served to motivate the international community’s mobilization for its followup. The new Development Agenda will need to have as its essential objective eradicating poverty and promoting social, economic and environmental sustainability.

The Millennium Development Goals, whose 15-year horizon ends in 2015, have been successful in reducing poverty, improving access to clean water and sanitation, galvanizing health advances, and expanding primary education in the developing world. But we still have a long way to go. The Post-2015 Development Agenda offers us the opportunity to build on what went well, learn from what didn’t, and reduce gaps among countries and within our societies, so that they are aligned with today’s realities.”

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