New development goals must address complementary aims: UNDP chief

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Helen Clark

There's been a call for new development targets that focus on how growth, poverty alleviation and sustainability can complement one another.

It comes from the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark while opening a two-day conference in Costa Rica, on a new agenda after the anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) pass their 2015 target date.

She said "At UNDP we believe it is critical to link the poverty eradication, social equity and environmental sustainability agendas together".

She explained that "Environmental sustainability cannot be a mere add-on to a new global development agenda—or stand alone in a vertical silo". Rather, she added, "The imperative now is to move from a discourse focused on trade-offs among growth, poverty and environment to one that looks at how to advance the three strands of sustainable development together". 

Ms. Clark said "At UNDP we call this the 'triple win' approach. We see it being put into practice in a range of countries—rich, middle-income and poor—that are determined to develop…in a way that sustains our world for future generations." 

The UNDP chief said that whatever targets succeed the MDGs, their success will hinge on whether they rally international support and commitment to action. 

The Costa Rica meeting is part of a global conversation about a future development agenda, comprising consultations in almost 100 countries, 11 thematic sessions on environment, health, water, economic growth, employment and other issues, and a survey that invites people to vote on 16 development priorities. 

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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