Taking the MDGs Beyond 2015: Hasten Slowly


  • Jan Vandemoortele,

    1. Internationally respected development thinker and practitioner who worked with the United Nations, both in the field and at headquarters (with the International Labour Organization (ILO), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and on loan to the World Bank).
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  • Enrique Delamonica

    1. On leave from Saint Peter's College (New Jersey, USA) and works as the Social and Economic Policy Adviser for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean.
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The authors advise to hasten slowly in defining the successor framework to the MDGs. The review of progress in 2010 should not be intermingled with the intergovernmental discussions about the post-2015 framework. The latter should not start until a UN panel of Eminent Persons has prepared a set of thoughtful options and suggestions. The worst decision would be to keep the same MDGs and add new Goals and more Targets. The panel will have to address the following topics: (a) new structure; (b) new Targets; (c) collective nature of global Targets; (d) type of benchmarks; (e) new time horizon; and (f) disaggregated monitoring. The world will miss the MDGs largely because disparities within the majority of countries have grown to the point of slowing down national progress. In order to overcome the ‘tyranny of averages’, this article proposes a method of incorporating equity in national statistics.