2016 Must Be a “Year of Traction” for SDGs Says Ban Ki-Moon
February 17, 2016  //  By:   //  Blog Post, Featured  //  No Comment

SDgsUN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has declared that 2016 must be a year of “global traction” for the newly-adopted Sustainable Development Goals. Speaking to the ECOSOC Commission for Social Development on February 8th, Ban Ki-moon asserted that “thriving economy (sic) is not enough to eradicated poverty and promote shared prosperity. Economies must be put at the service of people, through effective integrated social policies.” While Secretary-General Ban was reinforcing the importance of ECOSOC’s mission, he also highlighted and important aspect of the SDGs that implementing organizations and nations would do well to remember: in order to eliminate global poverty by 2030, economic and social policies must be inclusive of all peoples and reflect the integration of issue areas.

As an international community, we are learning that pure economic growth is insufficient for addressing the needs of the most vulnerable populations. The growth of inequality, both within nations and between nations, is clear evidence that stronger social policy is needed to guide economic growth. The SDGs are designed to integrate broader concerns about human security and development into the day-to-day conduct of nations. The 17 goals provide guidance for policymakers in governments and in development organizations alike. Now that they are agreed-upon and adopted, the goals need to be implemented, which is why Secretary-General Ban is calling on ECOSOC to help the goals gain traction.

To read more about his speech, click here.

About the Author :

Michael Denney is a PhD student in the Global Governance and Human Security program at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He is a Research Associate at the Center for Governance and Sustainability.

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