The main conclusions from the plenary sessions of the Policy Forum can be summarised as follows:
- focus must still remain on achieving the MDGs;
- developing country ownership of the new framework is essential and the approach must therefore be Southern-led;
- the obligations of the developed countries towards the achievement of the MDGs need clarification;
- international income and wealth redistribution should be a ‘right’ (‘automatic’ rather than discretionary), including international redistributive taxes and international inequality and its reduction should be given more emphasis;
- ethical and moral perspectives need emphasising within a global social justice, rather than a purely Indicator-driven, approach;
- ‘fragile’ states and global uncertainty need special treatment;
- the ‘quality’ of MDG achievements, rather than ‘quantity’, needs emphasising;
- the science and technology capacity of developing countries is critically important;
- processes which deliver the quantitative Indicators (MDGs) require more emphasis.
Serious research is needed to ensure the debate is well informed.
This article comes from the IDS Bulletin 41.1 (2010) Proceedings of the DFID‐DSA‐EADI‐ActionAid Policy Forum