Right now, the United Nations is negotiating what might be one of the world’s most powerful policy documents. It could influence the movement of trillions of dollars, pull hundreds of millions out of poverty and hunger, reduce violence and improve education – making the world a better place. But much depends on this being done effectively.
In the year 2000, the UN established the Millennium Development Goals, which comprised 21 targets – most of them precise and achievable – in eight areas, including poverty and hunger, gender equality, education, and child and maternal health.
These goals have been hugely successful, not only in driving increased development funding but also in making the world better. For instance, the world promised to halve the proportion of people suffering from hunger between 1990 and 2015. And the ...more