the high level panel of Eminent Persons report to UN Secretary General proposes 12 global goals that are not ambitious enough, do not question the inherent inequalities of the current economic systems, and fail to bring the necessary change to end poverty

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Reflection on the High Level Panel post 2015 report

By members of the Women’s Major Group1

This critical analysis by the Women’s Major Group members2 on the High­level Panel (HLP) of Eminent Persons report, released on May 30th with recommendations for the Post 2015 Development Agenda3, notes the report as a starting point for discussion, but not good enough. The Women’s Major Group is concerned about the narrow set of goals and the predominance given to the corporate/business sector in the “new” development agenda. We look to the world’s governments to be far more ambitious and focused on addressing the root causes of inequality, injustice and poverty inherent to the existing economic paradigm, as they negotiate the next sustainable development framework in the Open Working Group on SDGs and the Post 2015 Development Agenda.


● Goals setting; too reductive to allow for sustainable development

● A new 15­year time­frame; delaying essential human rights even further!

● Contradictions; between goals and business­as­usual economic model

● Human rights ­ inconsistent application

● Critical analysis of selected specific Goals and Targets and Means of Implementation


○ GOAL 1: End Poverty: too narrow in scope, too one­dimensional

○ GOAL 2: Empower Girls and Women and achieve Gender Equality: some positive targets, but lacks women’s rights as underpinning the entire development agenda

○ GOAL3: Provide quality education and life­long learning: lacks girls’ priorities

○ GOAL 4: Ensure Healthy Lives: some positive targets, but fails to address social Determinants of health

○ GOAL 5: Ensure Food Security and Good Nutrition: should recognize women’s

○ GOAL 7: Secure Sustainable Energy: utterly insufficient and likely to have

○ GOAL 8: Create Jobs, Sustainable Livelihoods, and Equitable Growth: Fails to

○ GOAL 9: Manage Natural Resource Assets Sustainability: too limiting in defining

○ GOAL12: Global Enabling environment and Catalyse Long ­-Term Finance: entirely insufficient on finance, trade and climate protection


■ Nothing ‘New’ about proposed Global Governance and Global

Partnership for Development

■ No accountability of corporations

■ Financing for Gender Equality should be a priority – it is not in the HLP


● Concluding: This report should not be taken as a basis for development of the Post

2015 Agenda

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