In September 2015, Member States of the United Nations adopted a new development framework, which includes a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are 17 global goals that aim to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all over the next 15 years. Each goal has specific targets to be reached by 2030.
The SDGs build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight international development goals which were established during the UN Millennium Summit with a target date of 2015. The MDGs were agreed upon by all the world’s countries and leading development institutions and set a precedent to meet the needs of the world’s poorest. The MDGs were successful in reducing extreme poverty, increasing access to education, reducing child mortality and expanding access to clean water. The SDGs build on the momentum of the MDGs.
Although the SDGs have been adopted, the Inter-agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGS) continues to work on specific indicators for each goal. The indicators are expected to be approved in March 2016.
In addition, many civil society actors, including GHC, are engaging in conversations on how we measure achievements and hold governments, donors and other partners accountable.
In December 2015, a group of international development agencies, partnerships, and global and local civil society organizations, in collaboration with WHO, met to discuss the better harmonization and alignment of advocacy around health and community systems strengthening for universal health coverage (UHC) and the Sustainable Development health targets at the...Read More »