The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were established at a UN Summit in 2000. The goals which aimed to tackle global poverty and deprivation were to be achieved by 2015.
Several of the goals will now not be delivered.
This week we launched our new research report, 'My Rights Beyond 2015: Making the Post 2015 Framework Accountable to the World's Poor'. The report, based on research carried out in communities in six of the countries Trócaire works in, assesses what issues people living in poverty wanted the world to focus on. Income, food and shelter were the three main issues identified by participants. Remarkably, nearly half of the issues identified by participants are not addressed in the development goals.
From Trócaire’s perspective, the voices, views and experiences of people experiencing poverty need to be the starting point and the measure of success of any new framework.
We believe that whatever framework replaces the MDGs needs to adopt a human rights approach acknowledging existing legal obligations to fulfil the rights to food, health and education of all people. It needs to put equality, participation and accountability at the centre of implementation.
Earlier this year, we asked the following development experts what they think needs to happen...Beyond 2015.
Kevin Dowling, Bishop of Rustenberg
Frank La Rue, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression.
Professor Mohan Munashinghe, Vice Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Dr. Vincent O’Neill, Irish Aid.
Dr. Jan Vandermoortele, Co-architect of the Millennium Development Goals.