The MDGs represent the global vision of reducing poverty in its various dimensions. We need continued attention to all the goals, since we can hardly declare “mission accomplished” in any of the dimensions of poverty they seek to address.
Sir Fazle Hasan Abed dedicated his life to social development, establishing practices that will continue to help the poor for decades to come.
Creativity has little space where tasks are practiced as regimentation. “Business unusual” is a catchphrase about doing things differently, to bring about change, to innovate. Times are becoming more complex. For economic gain, nature can no longer be simply considered as something to be “conquered” by people to extract wealth
The discussions around the post-2015 development agenda – and the work of the High Level Panel of Eminent (HLPEP) persons – were seen controversially in the last months. Some felt that the consultation led by the HLPEP would lead into a kitchen sink report, which would cover every possible development concern.
Two weeks ago I attended the High Level Panel of Eminent Persons (HLPEP) meeting in Bali, which I had anticipated for many weeks. Working on the Asia and the Pacific perspectives of the post 2015 development agenda, the Bali meeting was one of the highlights where I expected to gain more insights into the HLPEP work and the thinking behind it.
In its second report, the GCEC identifies 10 key economic opportunities that could close up to 96% of the gap between current emissions levels and those needed to limit the rise in global temperatures below 2°C.
There has certainly been progress on gender equality and women’s empowerment since the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action was adopted in 1995 – but we still have a long way to go.
Universal health coverage not only protects the majority of the population from experiencing catastrophic financial loss as a result of high out-of-pocket costs, but also promotes better quality of services and greater health equity.
About twenty years ago I was working for a well-known nongovernment organization (NGO), campaigning on many issues from access to affordable drugs for HIV/AIDS patients, to advocating for fair trade for small farmers. When asked what I did I explained about my advocacy for social justice. “Oh so, you’re promoting communism?” was the response.
There is still long way to go to reach a final agreement for effective climate change action in 2015, but the COP20 in Lima was an important step forward.