Ending poverty through sustainable development and leaving no one behind

Smart political and financial investments are needed if we want to keep the momentum on achieving the Millennium Development Goals as the 2015 deadline approaches. A guest opinion by the executive director of Oxfam International and the U.N. secretary-general's special adviser on post-2015 development planning.

The views in this opinion piece do not necessarily reflect Devex's editorial views.

About the authors

  • Amina J Mohammed

    Amina Mohammed is United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's special adviser on post-2015 development planning. Mohammed was previously senior special assistant to the Nigerian president on the Millennium Development Goals, coordinating $1 billion in debt relief funds to meet the MDGs in the country. From 2002-2005, she served as coordinator of the Task Force on Gender and Education for the U.N. Millennium Project.
  • Winnie Byanyima

    Winnie Byanyima is the executive director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS. A grass-roots activist, human rights advocate, and world-recognized expert on women’s rights, she began her career as an engineer in her native Uganda. Appointed to the diplomatic service in 1989, she represented Uganda in France and at UNESCO. She was a member of parliament for 10 years in Uganda, and thereafter served at the African Union Commission. She was UNDP’s director of gender and development between 2006 and 2013.