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Key report outlines vision for achieving MDGs, sets future sustainable development agenda

Key report outlines vision for achieving MDGs, sets future sustainable development agenda

Ahead of an upcoming special General Assembly event next month on efforts by Member States to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to define a new development agenda, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon released a report on 21 August, A Life of Dignity for All , containing updates on the Goals and a vision for the work ahead.

Address by Vladimir Putin on the occasion of the G20 Leaders’ Summit in St.Petersburg

“I am convinced that the forthcoming Leaders’ Summit in St.Petersburg will reaffirm the G20’s role as an efficient mechanism for coordinating the world’s leading economies’ policy approaches to global economy and finance.”



Expert Views on International Development

Cash or Cows? Cash or Cows?
The importance of a multifaceted approach to development.

Top tips on using the media to aid development Top tips on using the media to aid development
How can development issues best be covered in the media, and by who?

South-South Cooperation in aid, trade and FDI? A closer look at the economic engagement footprint of rising powers in Africa
What do the activities of Chinese businesses in Angola, Brazilian state agencies in Mozambique and Indian exporters in South Africa have in common? For one thing, they all might be seen to represent the trend of (re-)growing linkages between African, Asian and Latin American countries.

Twiplomacy: The Best connected World Leaders on Twitter Twiplomacy: The Best connected World Leaders on Twitter
Twiplomacy is the leading global study of world leaders on Twitter. The governments of more than three-quarters (77.7%) of the 193 UN member countries have a presence on Twitter: Almost half of the 505 accounts analysed are personal accounts of heads of state, heads of government and ministers of foreign affairs; a third of these world leaders tweet themselves, but very few on a regular basis.

Diversity and inclusion on NGO boards: what the stats say
Figures reveal a clear disjunction between the world NGOs seek to create, and the world their governance structures reproduce

Should we stop talking about middle-income countries?
Moving from low- income to middle- income status is not a panacea to end aid, argues Jonathan Glennie, and indeed the very measure of ‘middle-income’ is flawed.

Regional Cooperation in Central Asia: 12 Things to Know about CAREC Regional Cooperation in Central Asia: 12 Things to Know about CAREC
In an increasingly integrated world, regional cooperation is key to the long-term prosperity of nations. Here are 12 things to know about regional cooperation among the countries in Central Asia and between Central Asia and its neighbors.

NGOs must give up power NGOs must give up power
The international development Non Governmental Organizations (INGOs) are rightly very proud of their history: they have saved lives, helped people get through the toughest moments, and shown those who feel alone that others care. But if NGOs are to help contribute to a better future, they will need to change.

Good Practices for Engaging with Citizens for Greater Development Impact
Last week I was a panelist at a civil society organization seminar during the World Bank Annual Meetings on the topic of “Engaging with Citizens for Greater Development Impact.” The task for the panel was to discuss good practices in citizen engagement to make governments and service providers (including the private sector) more accountable so that policies and project interventions have greater impact for all citizens.

Epicenters: Do Everything At Once Epicenters: Do Everything At Once
How can resource-poor countries in Africa provide these services – reliably and affordably – in remote rural areas? And how can the deeply entrenched gender barriers that hold women back be transformed?

Beyond MDGs: building the sustainable development goals brand
For all their flaws the MDGs were a success because of the singular message to end poverty. But the world has changed. Can any message unify now as it did then?

10 ways to make humanitarian efforts complement development
From consulting local decision makers to using early recovery strategies, experts offer their advice on how groups should co-ordinate best following a crisis

Development Agencies in BRICS and Beyond – Experiences and Next Steps
Over the past years and resulting from deep changes in the global economy, BRICS and other emerging economies have started to invest heavily in their capacities as development players. Parting from decades-old South-South cooperation, governments are looking into the options to scale up and eventually institutionalize horizontal partnerships with other countries through dedicated development agencies.

Top global development organizations: The Devex lists
To succeed in international development, knowing the main players is key - whether you’re looking for partners, funding opportunities or jobs.

Doing development in conflict zones
Donors and aid agencies working in Syria, Somalia or Afghanistan must be more prepared to take risks and help local partners lead interventions

Dream With A Deadline: The Millennium Development Goals
Although it was several years ago, I still remember how Melinda and I felt when we learned about the Millennium Development Goals. We were hopeful, but we had reservations.

Are BRICS any use for rebuilding the collapsing global financial architecture?
In its most recent world public opinion survey, the Pew Research Centre found that ‘international financial instability’ is considered a major threat by 52 percent of those polled was a close second, after climate change at 54 percent).

NGOs no longer set the agenda for development, say CEOs
Survey reveals 84% of businesses want to do more to shape development, meaning it is time for NGOs to up their game.

Why the Post-2015 MDGs need an education target
Universal education for all primary school-age children is one of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals for 2015, which will almost certainly not be met. The international community must learn from this failure, writes Nigel Chapman.

How to speed up global development’s learning cycle
We all want to ensure the $250 billion committed each year to international development is spent wisely. Yet we do not learn enough, or learn quickly enough, from the work that’s already happening – or happened – on the ground.



Development Documents

Statistical Yearbook 2013 for Asia and Pacific Statistical Yearbook 2013 for Asia and Pacific

Think20 Papers 2014: Policy Recommendations For The Brisbane G20 Summit Think20 Papers 2014: Policy Recommendations For The Brisbane G20 Summit

2013 EU AidWatch Report 2013 EU AidWatch Report

Sustainable development in Latin America and the Caribbean Sustainable development in Latin America and the Caribbean

G20 Communiqué commitments chart by InterAction G20 Communiqué commitments chart by InterAction

UN MDGs Special Event 25 September 2013: Outcome Document UN MDGs Special Event 25 September 2013: Outcome Document

Post-2015 Stakeholders Map Post-2015 Stakeholders Map

Post-2015 development goals process and timeline Post-2015 development goals process and timeline

Food Security in Asia and the Pacific Food Security in Asia and the Pacific

A Million Voices: The World We Want A Million Voices: The World We Want

Post-2015 Vision: Ideas for a new development  agenda Post-2015 Vision: Ideas for a new development agenda

World Happiness Report 2013 World Happiness Report 2013

A Summit of Substantial Success: Prospects for the G20’s St. Petersburg Summit A Summit of Substantial Success: Prospects for the G20’s St. Petersburg Summit

BRICS Monitor: Development Agencies in BRICS and Beyond – Experiences and Next Steps BRICS Monitor: Development Agencies in BRICS and Beyond – Experiences and Next Steps

What Do We Know About Multilateral Aid? What Do We Know About Multilateral Aid?

Saint Petersburg Accountability Report on G20 Development Commitments Saint Petersburg Accountability Report on G20 Development Commitments

Russia's G20 Summit: St Petersburg 2013 Russia's G20 Summit: St Petersburg 2013

Did you know…? Facts and figures  about the  European Union and the G20 Did you know…? Facts and figures about the European Union and the G20

G20 Monitor: Development and the G20 G20 Monitor: Development and the G20

A life of dignity for all: accelerating progress towards  the MDGs and advancing the United Nations development agenda beyond 2015 A life of dignity for all: accelerating progress towards the MDGs and advancing the United Nations development agenda beyond 2015