Written by Martin S. Edwards, Associate Professor and Director, Center for UN and Global Governance Studies the blog of the Center for UN and Global Governance Studies
“No one disputes the ambitiousness of the proposed Sustainable Development Goals. Both in scope and in process, these goals are a marked departure from the Millennium Development Goals that preceded them. One of the more promising additions to the SDG agenda is a goal on governance. Simply put, we’ve realized that it will be difficult to achieve make any real economic and social progress without building states that are both stronger and more accountable. We know that civil wars are economic development in reverse, and we’ve seen in recent years that governments that are not accountable increasingly court the risk of upheaval and removal. In both situations, meeting goals on public health and education will take a back seat to more pressing matters. Thus, starting with the High Level Panel in 2013, addressing the internal governance of states became an essential ingredient in strengthening development globally.”
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