Why the new development goals may not fare much better than the MDGs

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks during the 70th session of the UN General Assembly on September 25, 2015 in New York. Now the UN has proposed 17 new Sustainable Development Goals. PHOTO | DOMINICK REUTER | AFP

What you need to know:

  • These Millennium Development Goals set the stage for new national and global programmes and determined the funding priorities of donors.
  • China’s high economic growth in the past 30 years may have lifted millions of people out of poverty, but China’s cities are today choking from pollution.
  • Furthermore, an offshore network of tax havens has allowed large multinational corporations to channel up to half of their investments in Africa through a tax haven.

In 2000, United Nations member states committed themselves to halving the number of people who live in extreme poverty, achieving universal primary education, promoting gender equality, reducing child and maternal mortality, reversing and halting the spread of HIV, ensuring environmental sustainability, and developing a global partnership for development by 2015.

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