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Jeffrey Sachs, Special Adviser to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), spoke at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) in London on 10 December. Sachs stressed that poverty cannot be alleviated without addressing environmental concerns, and proposed four pillars for a set of post-2015 development goals.

Sachs discussed the relationship between the Secretary-General’s High Level Panel (HLP) on the Post-2015 Agenda, which will review the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and assess what should come next, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the establishment of which was endorsed at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), and which will be developed through an inter-governmental process. Sachs described the debates over these two processes – whether they should remain distinct or be integrated – and said keeping them apart would be “devastating to both agendas.”

Read the full UN Press Release