Hot off the UN generated Future We [don’t need or] Want department’s fully dressed word-salad of the day (pdf) press:
A NEW GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP:
ERADICATE POVERTY AND TRANSFORM ECONOMIES THROUGH SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
The Report of the High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda
Word counts strongly suggest that this HLP is just not into “resilience”:
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The introductory letter from Co-Chairs (one of whom is U.K. PM, David Cameron) to Ban Ki-Moon (Secretary General who “appointed” panel) dated May 30, 2013 includes:
a transformation to end poverty through sustainable development is possible within our generation. We outline five transformational shifts, applicable to both developed and developing countries alike, including a new Global Partnership as the basis for a single, universal post-2015 agenda that will deliver this vision for the sake of humanity.
Our report provides an example of how new goals and measurable targets could be framed in the wake of these transformative shifts. This list is illustrative rather than prescriptive.
Not sure if any “sherpas” were involved in the production of this document. But the “Lead Author and Executive Secretary of the Secretariat supporting the High Level Panel”, Homi Kharas, has a 26-year history of employment with the World Bank.
Not sure where Kharas might have developed his “expertise” but it seems that in his current (and presumably non-UN) capacity he:
“studies policies and trends influencing … global governance and the G-20”.
I haven’t read the whole thing yet (or even the entire Executive Summary); but the “key” messages seem to be (“headings” bolded in original, others added by me, along with extra para breaks for ease of reading -hro):
1. Leave no one behind. We must keep faith with the original promise of the MDGs, and now finish the job. After 2015 we should move from reducing to ending extreme poverty, in all its forms. […]
2. Put sustainable development at the core. For twenty years, the international community has aspired to integrate the social, economic, and environmental dimensions of sustainability, but no country has yet achieved this.
[obligatory scary stories, must act now alert -hro]
We must act now to halt the alarming pace of climate change and environmental degradation, which pose unprecedented threats to humanity. We must bring about more social inclusion. […]
3. Transform economies for jobs and inclusive growth. We call for a quantum leap forward in economic opportunities and a profound economic transformation to end extreme poverty and improve livelihoods.
This means a rapid shift to sustainable patterns of consumption and production–harnessing innovation, technology, and the potential of private business to create more value and drive sustainable and inclusive growth. […]
4. Build peace and effective, open and accountable institutions for all. Freedom from fear, conflict and violence is the most fundamental human right, and the essential foundation for building peaceful and prosperous societies.
At the same time, people the world over expect their governments to be honest, accountable, and responsive to their needs. We are calling for a fundamental shift – to recognize peace and good governance as core elements of wellbeing, not optional extras. […]
5. Forge a new global partnership. Perhaps the most important transformative shift is towards a new spirit of solidarity, cooperation, and mutual accountability that must underpin the post-2015 agenda.
A new partnership should be based on a common understanding of our shared humanity, underpinning mutual respect and mutual benefit in a shrinking world.
This partnership should involve governments but also include others: people living in poverty, those with disabilities, women, civil society and indigenous and local communities, traditionally marginalised groups, multilateral institutions, local and national government, the business community, academia and private philanthropy.[…]
Isn’t it amazing how powerful and positively transformative a still-undefined term (sustainable development) can be, eh?