Is a military campaign alone winning the battle or is there a need to adopt an integrated approach that rigorously promotes civic education on a culture of peace, and dialogue?
Inequalities are not an inevitable outcome of development progress. If we are to recognize the truly transformative potential of the new sustainable development framework we must embed equity at its core.
No one must be left behind by virtue of their gender, age, disability, income, geography or ethnicity.
We, the undersigned organizations, urge the United Nations Secretary General to include an explicit commitment in his Synthesis Report on the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda that no target should be considered met unless it is met for all social and economic groups.
We are committed to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health as a universal human right. Despite significant health improvements, unconscionable health inequalities within and between countries persist. They extend throughout the socioeconomic gradient, with the health of poor and marginalized populations most seriously compromised. Unequal and unfair
power dynamics among states, and varying respect for rights across states, leaves entire populations with life expectancies a generation and more below today’s highest attainable standard of health.
September 2014 is a key moment in the process of definition of the post-2015 development framework. It follows the Special Event in September 2013, the outcomes of the Open Working Group on the SDGs, the events promoted by the President of the 68th UN General Assembly and precedes the Secretary’s General’s Synthesis Report and intergovernmental negotiations. It comes one year before the post-2015 agenda. Thus, it is a crucial moment to raise the level of ambition, and to encourage decision makers to truly incorporate the voices of those most affected by poverty and inequality, establishing and implementing a transformative agenda that will work in the interests of people and the planet.
The Nigerian Civil Society Roundtable held in Abuja 24th of June 2014 to endorse and affirm Civil Society
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