On August 1, 2013, the Lancet’s John Maurice published an article on progress towards the MDGs, and the transition to SDGs entitled “New goals in sight to reduce poverty and hunger.” Jeffrey Sachs was interviewed for the piece:

“Jeffrey Sachs . . . credits the “holistic” nature of the MDGs with helping people to rise above the poverty line. “Poverty for the MDGs”, he tells The Lancet, “is not only income poverty but also access to health-care services, safe water, schooling for children, and many other basic needs. All those dimensions are instrumental in supporting a country to achieve economic growth and to bring increasing numbers of its people out of poverty. In China, strong gains in health services and disease control during the 1950s to the 1970s contributed to a surge of growth after market reforms began in 1978.” ”

The UN’s David Nabarro was also interviewed, saying “It’s not enough to talk about percentages of the population below the poverty line. . . . Governments need to know who is below the line and to what extent those below the line can acquire the means to rise above it. As for ending hunger, I hope the post-2015 goals will take into account how hunger is linked to agriculture, food systems, the position of women in society, access to water and sanitation, and other basic necessities. I hope, too, that the new goals will contribute to all people realising their right to food and to nutritional justice. For, the elimination of hunger should, in my view, be seen as an overarching symbol of world leaders’ determination to ensure societal wellbeing and equity.”

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