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Global development podcast: what can Rio+20 achieve?

As delegates prepare for June’s Rio+20 UN Earth summit on sustainable development in Brazil, The Guardian explore what tangible measures the conference can hope to produce. The podcast looks back at the 1992 Rio summit, and explores the issues of the green economy, what role companies and corporations should play in sustainable development, and what … Continue reading

Post-2015 discussions kick off in China

What do you really need to know about any international political process?  ‘What will China do’ is probably close to the top of the list.  This week in Beijing the very beginnings of an answer to that question started to be sketched out in relation to the post-2015 agenda, at a roundtable for Chinese think … Continue reading

Accountability for achieving the MDGs: The role of parliaments

This paper builds on the 2010 manual produced by the UNMC and UNDP and the content of training workshops held with Parliaments. The paper provides a rationale for increased Parliamentary engagement with the MDGs in Africa, a summary of the challenges faced by African Parliaments when engaging with the MDGs and an outline of possible … Continue reading

Debate: David Cameron to chair UN development panel

Follow the debate on David Cameron’s appointment as chair of the UN panel established to devise a post-2015 international development framework. While John Hilary presents reasons why he sees Cameron as ‘unfit’ to chair the panel, Jamie Drummond views Cameron’s appointment as a ‘golden opportunity’.

Road to Rio: Growth and employment need to be the heart of development

“Growth and employment are firmly back on the development agenda—and will be a key topic during the Rio+20 Conference next month.” Read Magdy Martinez-Soliman, Director of UNDP’s Bureau for Development Policy’s ‘Road to Rio: Growth and employment need to be the heart of development’

Nigeria’s MDGs Office Holds Forum On Post-2015 Development

As part of efforts to develop a post-2015 development framework for Nigeria, the senior special assistant to the president on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Dr. Mrs Precious Kalamba Gbeneol is convening a National Stakeholders’ Consultative Forum that will also attempt to determine the country’s input to post-2015 UN Development Agenda. Read MDGs Office Holds Forum … Continue reading

Sustainable development is the only way forward

In a new blog, Jonathan Glennie argues that development co-operation needs to shift focus from poverty eradication to a broader, more inclusive framework. “It now appears possible, even probable, that sustainable development will emerge as the main framework for development practice in the coming decades, replacing or rebalancing the poverty eradication focus of recent years. … Continue reading

A Beyond 2015 discussion paper: SDGs and the relationship to a post 2015 framework

Beyond 2015 has just published its discussion paper for the upcoming Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development. The paper outlines recommendations on principles for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how they should relate to the post-MDG framework and the process of creating this framework which has already been set in motion. Beyond 2015 issues a stark warning against developing two parallel processes after Rio+20 – one for SDGs and one for post-MDGs – and offers a list of desirable outcomes from Rio+20 regarding the SDGs. … Continue reading

Getting to Zero: Finishing the Job the MDGs Started

This paper was prepared by members of the Global Agenda Council on Benchmarking Progress (GAC), convened by the World Economic Forum. The paper focuses on the following key questions: • What have the MDGs achieved? • Why have they been successful? • Where do they merit improvement? • What might a path to 2030 and … Continue reading

All Africa Parliamentarians Conference on the MDGs and Post-2015 Development Agenda

When: 22-24 May Where: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Organiser: The conference is organised by the United Nations with formal sponsoring by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). The Conference will bring together members of parliament from the African continent with a demonstrated commitment to the MDGs. A select group of civil society representatives and academics will also participate to help … Continue reading


January 1st, 2016

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