The High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda today released its recommendations to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
Following is a statement by Manish Bapna, Managing Director, World Resources Institute:
“The panel’s recommendations represent a major breakthrough that puts sustainability at the center of the development agenda. In a profound shift, the panel recognizes that reducing poverty is inextricably linked with how we treat our natural environment. Indeed, if this agenda is acted upon, we can realize a global vision of eradicating poverty, improving prosperity and protecting the planet.
“Significantly, the recommendations reflect that the goals should speak to all countries. Developed countries have a major role to play in addressing poverty and sustainability issues both within their borders and in supporting developing countries. The panel further recognizes that achieving this agenda will require participation from all sectors: government, business, science, civil society and the general public.
“The next big step is to shape these aspirations into concrete actions backed by strong targets. Following on the success of the MDGs, these goals should be refined, without being weakened, and then embraced by all countries.
“The members of the panel should be commended for putting forward a bold and refreshing agenda. Their recommendations reflect the vital and interconnected nature of these global challenges and the opportunity that all people share to create a more equitable and sustainable planet.”