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Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Inequality and accountability key to post-2015 development, report says

Source: The Guardian

The post-2015 development agenda must confront inequality and needs to have stronger accountability mechanisms if the world is to eradicate poverty by 2030, a charity said on Tuesday.

Ending Poverty in Our Generation, a report from Save the Children, sets out its priorities in proposals for new targets to replace the UN's millennium development goals (MDGs), which have a 2015 deadline.

Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary general, has named the UK prime minister, David Cameron, the Liberian president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono as co-chairs of a high-level panel to advise him on the global development agenda after 2015.

The panel held its first substantive meeting in London in November. The next meeting is scheduled for the end of January in Monrovia, Liberia, to be followed by one in Indonesia. The panel's report is to be submitted to Ban in May. Alongside this process, a working group is being set up to decide a set of global sustainable goals, an outcome of the Rio+20 conference in June.

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