The UN’s Millennium Development Goals aim to end poverty and hunger, provide gender equality, environmental sustainability, universal education, and a global partnership, improve child and maternal health, and combat HIV/AIDS. These goals are ambitious and if achieved would radically change the world. Considering the prevalence of these issues in the world today, it seems that reaching these goals for every single country is a long way away. However, the target date for these goals is 2015, only two years from now.
Considering that even many of the most developed countries are far from reaching the MDGs, it is extremely unlikely that these goals will be universally met. So what next? The issues that the MDGs address will still be there in 2015 so what will the new plan be? Is there a new plan?
The organization, Beyond2015 seeks to answer these question. Beyond2015 is group of over 500 of over 500 organizations from a wide range of countries that campaigns for “a global development framework after the Millennium Goals.” Beyond2015 hopes to ensure that global civil society is included when forming the post-2015 agenda. The organization’s “must haves” for designing the new goals are leadership, legitimacy, substance, and accountability. The current MDGs find many of their flaws in their lack of ability to adapt to the needs of individual countries and in their lack of accountability. There wasn’t any real pressure on countries to push to meet these goals. The “must haves” of Beyond2015 exist to make the design and implementation of the post-2015 agenda more affective, attainable, and enforceable than the current MDGs.
Beyond2015 is also a great resource for reports and videos that have to do with the post-2015 agenda. This video discusses the UN view of how countries should move on from 2015. The video talks about designing a new social contract and finding a balance between human and environmental issues. It seems like the UN and Beyond2015 have the right ideas so hopefully this time around they will be able to create a more reasonable time line and make a plan that is more individualized to each country so that they have a higher probability if success.