Will the world get the development goals it needs?
Forum for Environment and Development and the UN- related organizations in Norway facilitated a national conversation on the new global development framework on the 24thof April 2014 with financial support from Norad.
While the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were put together by a group of people within the UN system, the process leading up to the new development goals has been inclusive. More than two million voices have been heard globally. And in Norway fifteen thematic consultations have taken place, where over one thousand guests participated.
The MDGs have led to considerable progress in some areas, but have been criticized for not addressing the underlying causes of poverty, inequity and environmental degradation. A reinvention of the MDGs must address deeper transformative shifts and should incorporate economic, social and environmental considerations.
The seminar shed light on how the three dimensions of sustainability can be integrated in the future development goals to deal sufficiently with global challenges like climate change, growing inequality, social tension, and eradication and poverty.
Representatives from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UNDP, LO, NHO, GCAP, Save the Children Norway and LNU took place in the panel. Below you will find a summary of the seminar.
The summary highlight the following topics:
- Norwegian priorities and position on the Post- 2015 Development Agenda
- Integrating the three dimensions of sustainability in the Post- 2015 Development Agenda
- Norwegian stakeholders views on the integration of the three dimensions