UN chief hits right note on global goals, says Christian Aid

By agency reporter
December 5, 2014

Christian Aid has hailed a major advance in work on the new global goals which will replace the Millennium Development Goals when they expire at the end of 2015.

The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, yesterday (4 December) published a new report on the post-2015 process: The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives and Protecting the Planet.

Helen Dennis, Senior Adviser on Poverty and Inequality at Christian Aid, said: “This new report is tremendously welcome, because it is a rallying call to governments to aim high with the new global development goals. It rightly makes it clear that business-as-usual is not an option and puts proper emphasis on the importance of equitable and sustainable development.

“The Secretary General emphasises the shared nature of challenges like inequality and climate change and underlines the need for universal goals which will apply in all countries, including the UK.”

In the report, Ban Ki-moon says: ‘The stars are aligned for the world to take historic action to transform lives and protect the planet. I urge Governments and people everywhere to fulfil their political and moral responsibilities. This is my call to dignity, and we must respond with all our vision and strength.’

Ms Dennis added: “The Secretary-General’s new report attempts to summarise all the contributions made to date in the discussions about the new global development goals. “It’s intended to set the scene and tone for future intergovernmental negotiations which start in January and will culminate in September 2015 with a Heads of State Summit in New York.

“Christian Aid is pleased to see the new report’s emphasis on financing and implementation of the post-2015 goals. The Secretary-General’s call for an end to harmful fossil fuel subsidies, and for improved and more inclusive governance of global tax matters, should be taken forward by UN member states. Sustainable development will only be achieved through bold reforms such as these.”

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