Save the Children: Make inequality a global priority

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Consultations on global development targets to succeed the Millennium Development Goals are in full swing, and now one of the largest international NGOs has released its take on the post-2015 agenda.

Save the Children, in a report released Jan.8, is urging a sharpened focus on inclusive growth and children to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030.

The group, headquartered in London, wants to put “front and center” the challenge of growing inequality, which the MDGs don’t address directly. The World Economic Forum, similarly identified income inequality as one of the the biggest global threats and potential cause of crises in its just-released Global Risks 2013 report.

Save the Children’s report, entitled ”Ending Poverty in Our Generation,” lists 10 goal goals, the first six to advance human development in areas such as inclusive growth, education, sustainable food and health care, and the other four to create an environment that is conducive to these targets. The targets build on the current MDGs, which expire in three years.  

Several organizations have published their own take on what a post-MDG agenda should look like. The World Health Organization, for instance, is pushing for broader health coverage, while experts from Oxfam and CARE have raised the need to consider power, politics and inclusive business models. The Center for Governance Innovation and the Korea Development Institute, two think tanks, have called for a more “dynamic” approach to human development.

Negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda kicked off earnestly late last year when U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed a high-level panel to oversee the process. Findings from a series of public consultations held in December in some 50 countries are expected this month; they will factor into the recommendations the high-level panel will submit to the United Nations later this year. The first U.N. draft blueprint is expected in September, in time for the general assembly in New York.

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  • Adrienne Valdez

    Adrienne Valdez is a former staff writer for Devex, covering breaking international development news. Before joining Devex, Adrienne worked as a news correspondent for a public-sector modernization publication.