Poverty eradication, inequality top post-2015 UN development agenda

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ECOSOC chamber. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

A high-level political forum is opening on Monday to review the UN's global anti-poverty goals also known as MDGs and to chart the way for a post-2015 sustainable development agenda.

The forum in New York, under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), will provide political leadership and guidance on sustainable development.

ECOSOC President Martin Sajdik said there was a need to reflect on the positive aspects of the MDGs and lessons learnt.

"We need a clear unified vision and we have to take into account this broad scope of issues integrating the social, economic, environmental dimensions of sustainable development. I have heard this over and over again and I also have to repeat it because this is really part of the agenda that we have."

More than 500 delegates, including 50 ministers, mayors and parliamentarians, key figures from the private sector and civil society representatives are expected to take part in the 2 week-long event.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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