People of the world want a universal agenda built on human rights and universal values: UNDP

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Rebeca Grynspan

“The people of the world want action. They want a universal agenda that is built on human rights and the universal values of equality, justice and security embedded not only as enablers but as outcomes,” UN Development Programme (UNDP) Associate Administrator Rebeca Grynspan told the 7th Seoul ODA International Conference.

The UNDP official says the people also want the agenda to be broadened to new issues such as jobs and livelihoods, justice and rule of law and violence and fragility.

Ms. Grynspan pointed to aspects of this broader agenda that needed special mention:

Good and responsive Government, and a participatory process; an agenda that does not compromise the future of the planet, but tackles the issues for development in an integrated manner, noting that they want an agenda that is poverty centered and planet sensitive.

International experts tackled how new global development goals can best end poverty and protect the planet at a conference co-hosted by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Seoul.

The Millennium Development Goals, globally agreed targets to cut poverty and hunger, boost health, education and ensure gender equality, expire in 2015. The UN is coordinating a global process to define new goals to 2030.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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