Written by Amina Mohammed, UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning , writing on The Daily Development:
“[…] As we approach the MDGs target date of 2015, the international community is galvanizing efforts to accelerate their achievement—focusing on those Goals that are most off-track, in particular in the least developed countries, landlocked developing countries, small island developing States and countries affected by conflicts or disasters.
However, there are growing concerns that even if the MDGs will be achieved, much remains to be done. Indeed, more than 1 billion people still live in extreme poverty and disparities within and across countries, as well as among populations, remain daunting.
A new global landscape
This situation can partly be explained by the fact that major new challenges have emerged, while existing ones have been exacerbated since 2000. Inequality has deepened. Environmental degradation has increased. People across the world are demanding more responsive governments and better governance and rights at all levels. Migration challenges have grown, and young people in many countries face poor prospects for decent jobs or livelihoods. Conflicts and instability have halted or reversed progress in many countries. Our future challenges are becoming more and ever cross-regional, intergenerational and transformative.”
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