"Good politics do not necessarily translate into good policies and bad politics do not necessarily generate bad policies"
"There shouldn't be anything top-down in the Sustainable Development Goals. They should inspire actions of individuals, businesses, NGOs, governments, local authorities, everyone".
Kinky development that ignores needs, wishes, wants and aspirations both of the poor and of the middle class is a narrow and shortsighted strategy.
Narrative of development that world is split between developed and underdeveloped countries, just measured by growth of GDP is wrong.
"The focus of sustainable development has to shift from being applicable simply to poor countries to being relevant for all countries"
"A big year beckons. My challenge to everyone: ensure that education is the center of post-2015 agenda"
"The lack of trust in leaders and the urgent challenges of poverty, inequality, conflict and climate change demand a new model of leadership and development"
Tarja Halonen, Helen Clark
"For our actions to add up to truly sustainable development, we need common goals to inspire us; evidence to illuminate the way forward; and institutions to bring us together across sectors" Helen Clark
"There is conventional wisdom that Africa is slowing Millennium Development Goals, but Africa is progressing much above average except for maternal health"
Crown Prince Haakon of Norway
"There is progress in implementation of the Millennium Development Goals, but still much needs to be done"