Jeffrey Sachs published an article in The Lancet entitled “High stakes at the UN on the Sustainable Development Goals.”

Sachs writes, “The MDGs have been the most successful global undertaking in history to coordinate action to fight extreme poverty in all its forms: income, hunger, disease, lack of schooling, and deficient basic infrastructure. Most importantly, they have helped sub-Saharan Africa to enter an era of economic growth and disease reduction by focusing domestic and international policies, expertise, and finance on recalcitrant challenges, such as AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, low farm yields, and children out of school. . . . Despite the ongoing negotiations, there is already near universal assent on key aspects of the emerging SDGs. The new goals should be centred on sustainable development, meaning the integration of economic, social, and environmental objectives. The highest priority of the new goals should be the end of extreme poverty in all its forms by 2030, completing the work begun by the MDGs. The SDGs should be universal and apply to all countries although placed in local context. This universality is especially relevant for environmental goals, on which rich countries have so far not met their global responsibilities. Yet it is also true of the emerging social goals, given that many rich countries have had a deterioration of social capital and a decline of social mobility in the past generation under the forces of globalisation, rapid technological change, and often-errant politics. The post-2015 agenda should also include the means of implementing the SDGs, including financing, technology, monitoring, and political accountability.”

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