Written by Megan Rowling, writing on the Thomson Reuters Foundation:
“Is it really possible to hold a global conversation? Not everyone will want to take part, and no matter how hard you try, some people will feel left out.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and its partners have been attempting to do just that, to find out what we think should feature in the new development agenda that will replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) when they expire at the end of 2015.
It has been an interesting and innovative exercise, including face-to-face consultations in 88 countries and an online survey in which close to 1.44 million people from 194 nations have voted for their post-2015 development priorities. The survey results so far show better job opportunities and an honest and responsive government following closely on the heels of a good education and better healthcare.
Yet, despite what seems like a real effort to involve real people, not everyone is satisfied with the process.
Youba Sokona, a sustainable development adviser at the South Centre and member of a group of independent experts working to ensure the post-2015 agenda takes account of the perspectives and needs of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), told me this week it’s good the U.N. conversation has been taking place – after all, nothing like that happened with the MDGs.”
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