The UN Secretary General has released the long‐awaited Synthesis Report on the Post-2015 framework for the global development agenda for the next 15 years. Titled “The Road to Dignity by 2030 : Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives and Protecting the Planet,” the report is the culmination of the many in-depth dialogue and consultations that have gone into crafting the post-2015 agenda.
The report endorses the 17 goals and the 169 targets of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals and establishes the links between economic growth, human rights, and the protection of ecosystems. It makes us of the six essential elements of Dignity, People, Prosperity, Planet, Justice, and Partnership to help frame and reinforce the integrated, universal, and transformative nature of a sustainable development agenda and to ensure that the ambition expressed by Member states in the outcome of the OWG translates, communicates, and is delivered at the country level.
The UN SG Synthesis Report stands as the distillation of the key messages from other major post-2015 reports listed in paragraph 37. The Campaign for Peoples Goals welcomes elements of the SG synthesis report, particularly its reaffirmation of the broader international human rights framework at the heart of the agenda, including economic, social, cultural, civil, and political rights, as well as the right to development and future generations’ wellbeing. It correctly identifies the problem of deepening inequalities and gnawing deprivation amid a world of plenty and argues the case for more inclusive economies.
It begs asking however why the SG Report chose to ignore the UN-NGLS report entitled, “Advancing Regional Recommendations on the Post-2015 Development Agenda” which goes farther than the other reports in terms of progressive proposals especially in the areas of reforming the international economic architecture. Indeed, the Peoples Goals Campaign is deeply disappointed that, like the reports upon which it is based, the SG report falls far short of proposing a truly just and democratic development model beyond the dominant framework of neoliberalism.
The report seems more concerned in seeking a happy medium where each and every “stakeholder’s” demands are articulated even when civil society organizations and movements have long contended that for the post-2015 agenda to be truly transformative, it needs to put people, especially the poor and marginalized, at front and center of development. It obscures the hard reality that entrenched interests, especially corporate interests, are behind unsustainable and unjust patterns of extraction, production, consumption and waste that are driving poverty, hunger and climate change in the world today.
We at the People’s Goals affirm our conviction that unjust and unequal power relations are at the root of multidimensional poverty and inequalities, social exclusion and ecological destruction, and place the principle of justice at the heart of the alternative development process. We reiterate our demand for concrete and meaningful actions towards eliminating the structural roots of inequalities in wealth, power, and resources between countries, between rich and poor, between men and women, and between different social groups and territories within countries...