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MDGs panel puts forward plan to eradicate poverty

07 June 2013

A PLAN to eradicate "extreme poverty" has been set out in a report by the High-level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda (HLP), which is co-chaired by David Cameron.

The report - A New Global Partnership: Eradicate poverty and transform economies through sustainable development - was delivered to the UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, on Thursday of last week.

The members of the HLP last met in Bali, in March, to discuss plans for global development after 2015, when the Millennium Development Goals expire ( News, 28 March).

The report calls for "five major transformational shifts" in tackling poverty after 2015, a statement from the UN said. These are: to "move from 'reducing' to ending extreme poverty, leaving no one behind; putting sustainable development at the core of the development agenda; transforming economies to drive inclusive growth; building accountable institutions, open to all, that will ensure good governance and peaceful societies; and forging a new global partnership based on co-operation, equity, and human rights".

In an address to the UN General Assembly on Thursday of last week, Mr Ban said: "The post-2015 process is a chance to usher in a new era in international development - one that will eradicate extreme poverty and lead us to a world of prosperity, sustainability, equity, and dignity for all."

Helen Dennis, a senior adviser on poverty and inequality for Christian Aid, said that the panel had made "an encouraging start", but she expressed disappointment that it had "shied away from suggesting action that could address increasing economic inequality in many countries.

"This is an awkward subject for some, but sustainable development will only be achieved if we reduce the gap between the haves and the have-nots. The panel's report is a good one. We hope that governments around the world will now build on this work as they negotiate a new global plan to replace the Millennium Development Goals."

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