UN rights experts call for equality in post-2015 development agendaListen /
A group of United Nations human rights experts on Tuesday called for the post-2015 development agenda to be urgently refocused on equality, social protection and accountability.
The independent experts said that "As we enter this crucial phase we must not forget the failures that have left nearly one billion hungry and poverty still rife", adding that "The rise of inequality has severely undermined the achievements of the Millennium Development Goals".
They stressed that "Future goals must be sensitive to who benefits and at whose expense, and must go beyond blunt, aggregate targets that allow us to pick the 'low-hanging fruit' and ignore the most vulnerable groups, while leaving systemic injustices untouched".
The experts called for the post-2015 agenda to include: stand-alone and cross-cutting goals for eliminating inequalities; a goal on the provision of social protection floors; and a double accountability mechanism to hold countries to account for their commitments at national and international level.
The statement comes a day before the UN Open Working Group on the Sustainable Development Goals meet in New York to discuss how to shape anew set of post-2015 targets to succeed the Millennium Development Goals.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.