Today, the European Commission is discussing the successor of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s), the “Decent Life for All” plan. The plan supported by the EU will seek to fight poverty and encourage environmental protection by merging both goals into a single framework.
The eight targets of the MDG’s were agreed in 2000 with the targets due date expiring in 2015. Many of the targets will be unfulfilled. One goal, for example, is to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger. Studies carried out by the UN show that 1.4 billion people live in extreme poverty, 2.6 billion people, do not have access to latrines, 1 billion lack potable water and more than 800 million people suffer from chronic hunger.
All 27 EU members are meeting to support a post-2015 development plan that commits to helping finance poverty reduction through sustainable growth. All members – despite deep economic and financial troubles faced – will pursue these goals.
Andris Piebalgs, EU Development Commissioner, stated that the new “Decent Life” framework is directed at improving living standards, promoting sustainable development, political empowerment, protection of natural resources, fostering peace and security and ensuring global “equality, equity and justice.”
The UN General Assembly will meet this upcoming autumn to discuss ways to accelerate progress before 2015, the new target year of goals, and start an agreement on what could follow after 2015.