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Comments about the Report of the High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda

I was pleased to see the attention being paid to preparatory work for a global challenge to follow our global focus on the Millennium Development Goals since 2001. The high level panel which included three key persons of global stature have submitted a report to the United Nations Secretary General providing recommendations on how to proceed up to 2030.

Today we have at our access in countries with fast access to the internet, and increasing in countries all around the globe a range of platforms bringing almost instantaneous response to our information needs. We must redouble our efforts, bringing in a global partnership of governments, non-governmental organizations and private sector industries to work with local communities.

A blog post - " Sneak peek of the post-2015 global development agenda" by Johanna Morden on 30 May 2013 mentioned
the panel’s report, entitled “A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies Through Sustainable Development”, proposes 12 measurable goals and 54 targets for the international community to rally around.

Key points highlighted in the report by Ms. Morden include an emphasis on:
- Ending poverty for good, eliminating preventable infant deaths and reducing maternal mortality to a maximum of 20 deaths per 1,000 live births.
- Using jobs and growth as the means of climbing out of poverty, with a much greater focus on promoting business, trade, infrastructure, education and skills.
- Good governance and transparency, building institutions and promoting free speech and the rule of law towards the creation of a more free and prosperous society.
- Empowering girls and women, ending child marriage, eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls, and ensuring the equal right of women to own property and open a bank account.
- Tackling conflict and instability, reducing violent deaths caused by conflict and criminality by addressing the leading “stressors” of conflict and building up the capability of police forces and judiciaries.
- Bringing development and environmental agendas closer together, with targets on reducing food waste, slowing deforestation and protecting ecosystems and genetic diversity.
- Global challenges, including food and energy shortages, climate change, and inequality faced by women and young people.

I want to encourage movers and shakers on this platform to use their writing skills to further disseminate this report, encouraging people and communities to take action.

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