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The future of United Nations development work

The dramatic changes that the global economy has experienced over the last two decades combined with the emergence of new global challenges have led academics, policy makers, diplomats and practitioners to conclude that the UN development system is in urgent need of reform if it is to remain relevant in the decades to come.

Towards a new development agenda post-2015: Governance, rule of law, human rights and democracy

That good governance, rule of law and human rights play a crucial role for social and economic development has long been recognized. The recognition has gained considerable traction in discussions about the post-2015 agenda, the new global development agenda meant to supersede the Millennium Development Goals. Indeed, many people point to the absence of goals and targets for these issues within the MDGs as a major stumbling block to inclusive and durable development.

Goals for the Rich – Making the next development agenda relevant and aspirational for all

Many people argue that the next set of development goals must be formulated for all countries and not – as the current MDGs – primarily focus on the developing world. With natural systems under severe stress and resource scarcity threatening the right to development of the world’s poor, is it time to devise goals involving the rich?

How can we build a new global development agenda?

What will it take for the world’s nations to agree and commit to the next set of development goals – relevant and aspirational for all? What are the lessons learned from the current MDGs? How can we ensure that the post-2015 agenda is rooted in the needs of the poor, avoiding a northern and technocratic makeup?