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Monday, 07 October 2013

Civil-society perspectives for the post-2015 agenda

A group of Members of the European Parliament (EP) and Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have issued a call for gender, economy and ecology perspectives to be included in the UN's new sustainable development goals (SDGs). They said that analysis and recommendations from the perspective of civil-society environmental and women's rights organizations should be taken into account by the governments and UN agencies which are preparing their priorities for a framework of goals and targets for development following the Rio+20 summit in June 2012, as well as the post-2015 follow-up of the millennium development goals.
They claim that in the current crisis context, the influence of multinational companies has never been as strong in its resolve to protect profits above all else, and preserve structural inequalities that secure such gains. They added that the recent ‘high-level panel’ on the ‘post-2015 development agenda’ shows a disturbing reorientation of development toward the interests and priorities of corporations, further marginalizing the concerns of women all over the world, as well as their communities.
Finally, they considers that women's groups in every region of the world have been leading work on all areas that contribute to sustainable development - social, environmental and economic - particularly focusing on gender equality and human rights.
In 2015, the United Nations will adopt a set of sustainable development goals (SDGs), thus establishing the broad framework for the global development agenda for the next few decades, informs.