Since the year 2000, the United Nations’ global development agenda has been guided by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – a set of eight broad goals and associated targets and indicators that were designed to inspire actions by international economic, financial, and aid institutions and their counterparts at the national and sub-national levels to advance a balanced vision of sustainable development based on economic growth, equity, and environmental sustainability.
While significant progress has been achieved on a few key goals such as eradicating extreme poverty, improving maternal health, reducing consumption of ozone depleting substances, improving literacy, and reducing the incidence and rate of spread of HIV-AIDS, the world is beset by a host of converging crises that impede progress towards a sustainable global society that maintains well-being for all. The list is long – chronic poverty, sprawling slums, malnutrition, horrific working conditions, gross inequalities, extinction, accelerating climate change, deadly air pollution, loss and degradation of vital ecosystems and growing shortages of food, energy and water to name a few.
The MDGs expire in 2015, and the UN has now initiated a process to establish a new global development agenda. CSE will be engaging with UN system institutions and leaders in member states to advance a Post-2015 agenda that accomplishes three key results: (1) pulling the plug on failed development policies of the past; (2) scaling up local solutions that represent an entirely new paradigm of development, and (3) reforming governance to hold decision makers accountable.