UK government must ensure momentum builds to create a new and ambitious set of anti-poverty and environmental targets
For immediate release Tuesday 3 September
Leading development experts and the UK's international NGO community have joined forces to urge the UK government to continue to provide leadership in helping to build the international political will required to accelerate progress towards meeting the current Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and to establish a new universal post-2015 development framework that links poverty eradication and environmental sustainability.
As world leaders prepare to come together at the UN Special Event towards achieving the MDGs taking place in New York on 25 September, many development charities and researchers are calling for the spotlight to remain focused on how global efforts can improve the lives of the world's poorest and most marginalised communities, now and in the future.
With less than a thousand days to go to the MDG deadline, real progress has been made. Poverty rates have been halved, over two billion people have gained access to improved sources of drinking water and in the last decade global mortality rates from malaria have fallen by over 25 per cent. However, there is still a great deal to be achieved. Carbon dioxide emissions are nearly 50 per cent higher than they were in 1990, malnutrition continues to afflict 180 million children worldwide, one in three women are affected by gender-based violence in their lifetime and levels of Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) have declined in the last two consecutive years.
Justine Greening, Secretary of State for International Development, will speak at an event, ‘Will global goals help us create a fairer and more sustainable future?’ on Tuesday 3 September, where co-hosts Bond Beyond 2015 UK and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) will call on the UK government to demonstrate continued political leadership on the MDG and post-2015 agendas. Other confirmed speakers include:
- Dr. Precious Gbeneol, Senior Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria on MDGs
- Chris Bain, CAFOD Chief Executive and Bond Beyond 2015 UK
- Carlos Cortez, Participate Research Group and Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana Xochimilco (Mexico)
- Ben Jackson, Chief Executive, Bond
- Sir Richard Jolly, Research Associate, Institute of Development Studies
- David Nussbaum, WWF-UK and Bond Beyond 2015 UK
Sir Richard Jolly, Research Associate at the Institute of Development Studies and contributor to the IDS Bulletin, Whose Goals Count? Lessons for Setting the Next Development Goals said:
"The MDGs succeeded in concentrating global attention and resources on helping the poorest and most vulnerable. This was a huge achievement, but they were far from perfect. They failed to address environmental, economic and social challenges in an integrated way and did not reflect the views and experiences of those they were designed to help. Building on the successes of the MDGs and learning from the mistakes is crucial to future progress – now and beyond 2015 – and the UK has a critical role to play in making sure this happens."
Bernadette Fischler, Bond Beyond 2015 UK Steering Group said:
"This is a pivotal moment for Governments to move beyond an approach in which tackling poverty and addressing environmental sustainability are viewed as separate processes. We need a single framework that links poverty eradication, environmental sustainability, inequality, human rights and global responsibility. More than ever, we need to make sure that the most marginalised and vulnerable in society are part of this process."
Ben Jackson, Chief Executive of Bond said:
"We must learn the lessons from the Millennium Development Goals and keep the process of developing a post-2015 framework open, participatory and inclusive, ensuring that it responds to the voices of those directly affected by poverty and injustice. The UK government must continue its leadership on this agenda. More can be done before the MDGs expire, and much more could be achieved if governments work in partnership with civil society to agree an ambitious set of new development goals post-2015."
To attend the event
The event takes places at Church House Conference Centre, Dean's Yard, London SW1P 3NZ. Registration is open from 14:45 with the event officially starting at 15:10. If you would like to attend please contact Hannah Corbett, IDS, +44 (0)1273 915640, firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to Editors
- The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is a leading global charity for research, teaching and communications on international development. Our vision is a world in which poverty does not exist, social justice prevails and economic growth is focused on improving human wellbeing. We believe that research knowledge can drive the change that must happen in order for this vision to be realised. See www.ids.ac.uk for more information.
- The Bond Beyond 2015 UK group provides a platform for Bond members and other UK NGOs active in this area to work together to ensure the UK plays a leading role in securing a legitimate, overarching and cross-thematic framework for development after 2015. The group has over 100 member organisations and is a cross-sector forum for sharing information, planning and coordinating action to influence the UK government to ensure the process towards a new global framework for development is participatory, inclusive and responsive to the voices of those directly affected by poverty and injustice. The group has an elected steering committee, responsible for leading the work of the group and keeping it focused and effective.
- The IDS Bulletin Whose Goals Count? Lessons for Setting the Next Development Goals is published in September 2013 by Wiley-Blackwell.