Global Development Goals: Leaving No One Behind
October 23, 2013 – Mrinalini Singh
The United Nations Association-UK (UNA-UK), in collaboration with Witan Media has released a major publication on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the post-2015 development agenda. The publication follows the September 2013 UN Special Event on this theme. At this meeting, states agreed to increase their efforts on making further progress towards achieving the MDGs before their 2015 target date, and to pursue next year international negotiations culminating in the adoption of a new development framework. The publication, Global Development Goals: Leaving No One Behind, offers analysis and recommendations in both these areas. It considers the context in which the MDGs were developed, assesses progress to date, offers views on achieving the 2015 targets, and provides insights into the creation of the post-2015 agenda. Particular emphasis is placed on those factors that have yielded the greatest advances, and the areas most in need of urgent attention.
Over 50 officials and experts from the world over have contributed to the publication, including:
- Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General
- Irina Bokova, Director-General, UNESCO
- Helen Clark, Administrator, UN Development Programme
- Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director, UN World Food Programme
- José María Figueres, former President of Costa Rica
- Justine Greening, UK Secretary of State for International Development
- Richard Jolly, Institute of Development Studies
- Georg Kell, Executive Director, UN Global Compact
- Mark Malloch Brown, former UN Deputy Secretary-General
- Amina J. Mohammed, UN Special Advisor on Post-2015
- Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director, UN Population Fund
- Lakshmi Puri, Deputy Director, UN Women
- Jeffrey Sachs, Director, Sustainable Development Solutions Network
- Wu Hongbo, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic & Social Affairs
Aimed at policy-makers, practitioners and interested observers, UNA-UK hopes that the publication will encourage renewed commitment to the existing Goals, inspire creativity in achieving them and generate debate on the main issues that will shape the course of the next decade of international development.
A registered charity, UNA-UK is the UK’s leading source of independent analysis on the UN and a vibrant grassroots movement campaigning for a safer, fairer and more sustainable world.
A word about the Author
Mrinalini graduated from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore in 2008, and completed her LL.M from the Harvard Law School in 2012. She is currently volunteering as a researcher on policy matters with UNA-UK. She has contributed to and is an assistant editor for this publication.