A U.N. panel report which has outlined the new framework for achieving targets envisaged under the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) such as ending income inequalities, universal healthcare and sanitation has come under criticism from the NGO Wada Na Todo Abhiyan.
The NGO said the panel suggested little actionable details about concerns on how to carry forward efforts to remove social and economic barriers to development.
This lack of detail means a wasted historic opportunity and a promise of change that the report had initially held out, said the NGO which has been tracking implementation of MDGs in India and elsewhere. “The report leaves out addressing income inequality to national policy space”, said Paul Diwakar, National Campaign Convenor of Wada Na Todo Abhiyan.
The report titled “A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies through Sustainable Development” authored by the 27-member panel formed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, covered over 5,000 civil society organisations, alliances and grassroots organisations in 120 countries, the NGO said.
The panel set new goals to ensure inclusive growth and sought new framework for development which leaves no one behind and put sustainable development at the core.
The panel also called for sustained efforts in ending poverty, ensuring food and nutrition as well as jobs and livelihoods for all. The deadline for achieving the MDG targets will expire in 2015. The panel was tasked with presenting recommendations to the U.N. Secretary General on the post-2015 development agenda.