An ancient adage reflecting the ways in which we gain wisdom states that we learn through noble reflection, the simplicity of imitation, and the bitterness of experience. This is particularly true when we work with those who have been affected by war, violence, natural disaster and the many traumatic experiences that surround our world.
A man is arrested for beating his wife. A woman is arrested for stealing clothing from a store. A neighbor slashes the car tires of another neighbor. A student sets a school on fire. A drug user destroys public property and has no memory of it. These are but a few of the 650 Criminal cases that have come before the Neighborhood Courts of San Francisco this year.
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.