UNCTAD and the SDGs
In anticipation of the coming negotiations over the post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda, UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development) will host a series of dialogues on a number of issues related to the agenda. At the first of these ‘Geneva Dialogues’, UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi stressed the need for the sustainable development agenda to emphasize the ‘development’ side of the equation. By that, the Secretary-General meant that the economic forces that underlie goals like improved living standards, widespread Internet access, and food security cannot be neglected in the coming negotiations.
Amina J. Mohammed, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Post-2015 Development Planning, took the argument further. She said that the international community needs businesses to engage with development goals in order to be truly successful. Her opinions reflect the idea that truly multistakeholder engagements (ie, with businesses, civil society organizations, special groups, and the like) are the path forward when it comes to achieving fundamental change in society.
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Additionally, UNCTAD released a new policy brief entitled Growth and Poverty Eradication: Why Addressing Inequality Matters. The brief argues that despite tremendous global economic growth, there are some fundamental flaws in the system that have led to a growing gap between the rich and the poor.