RSSRoundtable: Human Rights and the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Lost in Transformation? The Politics of the Sustainable Development Goals

| June 10, 2016
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On September 25, 2015, the world’s leaders adopted a new suite of development goals—the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—that are to guide policymakers for the next decade and a half. On first inspection, the declaration is breathtaking in its scope and ambition.

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Transformative Equality: Making the Sustainable Development Goals Work for Women

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It is generally agreed by most observers that the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have fallen short of achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment. Today, women continue to be more likely than men to live in poverty, and more than 18 million girls in sub-Saharan Africa are out of school.

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Equality as a Global Goal

Equality as a Global Goal

| June 10, 2016
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The MDGs were often criticized for having a “blind spot” with regard to inequality and social injustice. Worse, they may even have contributed to entrenched inequalities through perverse incentives. To what extent has this widespread criticism been successfully addressed in the Sustainable Development Goals?

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Accountability for the Sustainable Development Goals: A Lost Opportunity?

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The question of accountability—or, more precisely, the question of how governments will be held to account for implementing the commitments made in this new agenda—was a critical point of contention throughout the negotiations, resulting in a significant watering down of initial proposals by the end of the process.

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