The United Nations has just released a major report showing what people around the world see as priorities for the future global development agenda once the target date for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) passes in 2015.
The report, “A million voices: The world we want”, is the result of an unprecedented process of consultation which involved more than one million people from all over the world, including representatives of national and local governments, the private sector, unions and civil society. All in all, 88 national consultations, 11 thematic dialogues and a global survey were carried out.
The study shows that the key areas covered by the MDGs remain critically important: ending income poverty and hunger, gender equality, health services and access to quality education. But people are also worried about new challenges: inclusive growth and decent jobs, environmental sustainability, governance, and peace and security.
In fact, better job opportunities were one of the top four priorities identified in the Myworld2015 global survey, which reached about 800,000 people through an online platform. Job creation also emerged as a pressing need in nearly all the 88 countries where the UN had national consultations.
According to the report, the gap between the number of people who seek productive employment and those who have access to a decent job was seen as “unsustainable socially, economically, environmentally and politically”.
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