On the cusp of a genuinely transformative agenda?

2015: Breakthrough not yet in sight

At least 2.2 billion people are affected by multidimensional poverty (UNDP HDR 2014) and probably one billion by hunger. Income, wealth and health inequities are spiralling. There are currently over 40 million people in acute distress as internal or cross-border refugees. The planet is suffering from perhaps irreversible climate change and biodiversity loss, man-made and system-generated. By Gabriele Köhler

To address these unprecedented attacks on human rights and human development, four parallel but interrelated negotiation processes are currently underway in the multilateral sphere – on the post-2015 development agenda, on climate change, on an update of the women’s agenda, and on financing for development. Efforts to meet the unfulfilled MDGs are meant to continue until the end of 2015 as well. If all went well, there could be a unified, global agenda for sustainable development by December 2015. If not, the situation will continue to deteriorate ...

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Searching multilateralism for the much-vaunted paradigm shift
Ban Ki-moon’s Synthesis Report
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Gabriele Köhler is a Development Econonomist in Munic (www.gabrielekoehler.net). Actually she is a Senior Research Associate at UNRISD and Board Member with Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF) and with Deutsche Gesellschaft für die Vereinten Nationen.

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