Written by Lisa Wise, Senior Policy and Research Adviser at Save the Children.
We’re currently in the middle of an exciting fortnight at the UN. It admittedly might not look very exciting from the outside. But in the depths of the UN buildings in New York, governments are negotiating the contours of not one, but two critical global agreements that could yield significant benefits for the world’s poorest children.
The first of these is the post-2015 global development agenda – the new set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that offer the best chance we’ve had in a long time to spur the action that’s needed to end extreme poverty and inequality. This landmark development agenda is due to be adopted by world leaders in September. The second is the set of commitments that will be made at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FFD3) in Addis Ababa in July.
This latter conference has received less global attention than the post-2015 process, but in practice is just as important. It is here that financing commitments will be made on a diverse range of issues, from tax and social sector spending to aid, debt and trade – commitments that will be fundamental for achieving the ambitious development goals that are being proposed for the post-2015 agenda.