Post-2015 goals must suit new contexts, UNDP chief says

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A boy carries a bucket of clean water as he leaves the water distribution point in Haiti

New global development goals must reflect current realities while sustaining the vision and momentum of the original Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), according to the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark.

In opening remarks to a global conference on "Making the MDGs Work", Ms. Clarke said "The food, fuel, climate, economic, political, and security crises of the first 12 years of this century have reminded us of how fragile development gains can be in the face of shock and adversity".

She said "What the MDGs have taught us is to aim high and think bigger", noting that the well-being of people and the planet we share depend on that.

Ms. Clark said "The post-2015 framework can be seen as the next stage of implementation of the vision of the Millennium Declaration". But she warned that "to rise to that challenge, the international community needs to agree on a reinvigorated and transformational global agenda".

The UNDP chief stressed that "The post-2015 development framework will need to reflect the new global context fully, while remaining committed to the unfinished business of the MDGs", noting that "in the years since the Millennium Declaration was signed, much has changed".

The conference, hosted by the Government of Colombia, comes just over 1,000 days before the 31 Dec. 2015 target set by the 2000 Millennium Declaration, in which 189 countries pledged to work toward eight goals such as reducing child and maternal mortality, expanding access to clean water and sanitation, and tackling acute hunger.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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