The clock is ticking for the MDGs, and it is time to look beyond.
The deadline for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015 is fast approaching, but global progress has been uneven. Although three of its goals have been met (eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, achieving universal primary education and combating HIV/AIDs), the same cannot be said of the rest of them.
Persisting inequalities detract whatever gains that have been made, given that achievements are unevenly distributed across and within regions and countries. Moreover, progress has slowed for some MDGs after the multiple crises of 2008- 2009.
Thus, the UN machinery is now in high gear to formulate a Post-2015 Development Agenda to carry on where the MDGs will leave off.
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