Unfinished business of Millennium Goals
Over the last decade, the Millennium Goals have spurred action across the globe. According to Eveline Herfkens many developing countries’ governments have improved their policies and governance; and developed countries have taken some – not enough – steps to increase the level and effectiveness of their aid. Progress across a large number of countries and indicators has been the result.
The key achievement of the MDGs is the extent to which they have mobilized public and political support for development. Any post-2015 agreement needs to maintain popular momentum. And, as the goals’ objectives were limited to reducing “by half” or “two thirds”: even if achieved, there is a large unfinished post-2015 agenda. But in the run-up to 2015 we should evaluate how to improve the instruments to achieve the Goals. Three issues deserve particular attention according to Herfkens: focus more on inequality and poverty focus; introduce targets on climate change; rich countries must do their homework in terms of development aid delivery.
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