June 12th, 2013

Q&A: Jeffrey Sachs on the world’s post-MDG future

Sustainable Development

The UN special advisor and director of a key science network tells SciDev.Net what the road to 2015 will look like.

With less than 1,000 days until the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire, efforts to design a new framework to replace them in September 2015 are gathering pace. What targets to include in these Sustainable Development Goals and how to measure them are some of the top priorities for the international development community, as the agreements reached will influence policy and practice up until at least 2030.

A key player in this process is the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). Launched last August, the UN initiative — which brings together universities, research centres and technical institutions to generate practical sustainable development solutions —presented its suggestions to UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon last week. The network’s report follows one by the UN’s High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Here Jeffrey Sachs, SDSN director and the secretary-general’s special advisor on the MDGs, tells SciDev.Net what the road to 2015 will look like. He also highlights the scientific and technological changes that have occurred since the MDGs were created, how these will alter development activities and what steps are needed to maximise the benefit of these advances.

Read full Q&A in SciDevNet.




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