The 3 day long conference in Bonn, Germany allowed civil societies to cover new ground, find new partnerships and spread their voice and experience concerning the Millennium Development Goals.
During the 3-day conference, civil societies expressed their discontent due to the lack of progress made since their establishment following the Millennium Summit of the United Nations in 2000. A recent study presented by Mr. Homi Kharas, for example, stated that extreme poverty will be eradicated by the year 2030. However, NGOs such as Amnesty International and Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP) were outraged to think that a $1.25 is the measure used to target extreme poverty. In their opinion, the bar should be raised and thus to make a greater effort in eradicating poverty.
On the topic of climate change, civil societies, such as, Greenpeace, World Wildlife Fund, GCAP, TheCompensators*, Construyendo Puentes, among others expressed their interest and discussed strategies to link climate change to other pressing problems. In their opinion, climate change should work interconnected to other issues such as gender inequality, disease control, poverty and sustainability to truly bring about a holistic solution. Moreover, these civil societies stated that the next Millennium Development Goals should include targets that focus on adaptation, mitigation and renewable energies. Further, they expressed interest for upcoming climate talks to focus on an across the board carbon tax and to develop low-carbon societies.
The results of the conference will be presented at the UN high-level panel meeting that takes place from March 25th to the 27th in Bali, Indonesia. The Bali Conference will seek to determine a vision for future development policy.
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