As the high level Summit on the Millennium Development Goals drew to a close, CIVICUS urged world leaders to act decisively on the recommendations presented to them. 

“The Summit has provided occasion to re-assess failed promises and take corrective action on the MDGs before it’s too late,” said CIVICUS Secretary General Ingrid Srinath. “Achieving the MDGs in the next five years requires world leaders to fulfil their existing commitments, become accountable to each other and their people, re-commit to human rights, and ensure civil society has the freedom to exist, express and engage.”

A number of concrete acceleration strategies to keep the MDGs on track to be achieved by 2015 were forwarded by civil society and official representatives.  Recommendations during the three day Summit from 20-22 September include addressing the shortfall in development funding by taxing financial transactions; ensuring strict adherence by rich countries towards fulfilling their overseas development aid commitments and meeting a minimum target of 0.7% of their gross national income (GNI); reforming and regulating financial structures to guard against economic meltdown and job losses; implementing fair trade policies to reduce wealth disparities between rich and poor countries; reducing dependence on fossil fuels through support for energy efficient and green technology; and focusing national development plans to prioritise women’s empowerment, social security and equitable distribution of wealth. Notably, strong recommendations were made to ground MDG strategies in social justice and human rights concepts. 

As a follow-up to the MDG Summit, CIVICUS urges governments to unconditionally implement the solutions suggested by civil society experts, and ensure that the principles of accountability and participation are an integral part of MDGstrategies over the next five years. In particular leaders should:

  • Review and align MDG strategies with the international human rights framework and set time bound targets to achieve goals;
  • Guarantee access to accurate and timely information on progress achieved with regard to MDG targets;
  • Strengthen accountability mechanisms at the national and international level to ensure compliance with MDG targets; and
  • Ensure public and civil society participation in all MDG related processes.

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation is a global movement of civil society dedicated to strengthening citizen action and civil society across the world. 

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