A New Global Partnership to Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies through Sustainable Development

At the end of May 2013, the High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda released „A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies through Sustainable Development“, a report which sets out a universal agenda to eradicate extreme poverty from the face of the earth by 2030 and to deliver on the promise of sustainable development.

The report advocates a people-centred and planet-sensitive development agenda, achieving transformation with the shared commitment and acountability of all. The report of the High Level Panel concludes that the post-2015 development agenda needs to be driven by five big transformative shifts:

  1. Leave no one behind
  2. Put sustainable development at the core
  3. Transform economies for jobs and inclusive growth
  4. Build peace and effective, open and accountable institutions for all
  5. Forge a new global partnership, based on cooperation, equity and human rights

The report establishes a set of illustrative universal goals and national targets, while stipulating that a true transformation to sustainable development will only happen when countries move forward on several fronts at the same time, thus striving for balance and interconnections between the proposed goals.

Secure sustainable energy is given a prominent role as Illustrative Goal 7, entailing the national targets to double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix, ensure universal access to modern energy services, double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency in buildings, industry, agriculture and transport and phase out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies that encourage wasteful consumption.

The report addresses both developed and developing countries in achieving these goals and targets, arguing that global large-scale transformations can be achieved with more investment, collaboration, implementation and political will. Investments in efficient energy usage, renewable energy sources, waste reduction and less carbon-intensive technologies can have financial as well as environmental benefits and can thus contribute to sustainable growth without significant increases in carbon emissions.

For more information please visit http://www.post2015hlp.org/the-report/

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