The Global Post-2015 Development Agenda
Thank you Peter for that introduction. It is a pleasure to be here with you this afternoon and to share this discussion opportunity with Elliott. I am also pleased to be here at the U.S. Green Building Council again — where I spoke awhile ago at a gathering arranged by UNEP on the “Road to Rio+20.” Today, we are on the other side of Rio+20 and the discussion is all about the post-2015 agenda. “The Future We Want,” the negotiated outcome document from the Rio conference, is a very important piece of that discussion. Also important is the effort underway by governments, organizations, and individuals to review the progress made on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and where progress has been uneven. The world has met two MDGs — reducing poverty by 50 percent and halving the proportion of people with no safe drinking water — well ahead of the 2015 deadline. Progress on many MDGs, however, is lagging, and fragile and post-conflict states are unlikely to achieve any MDGs. A lot of the goals in these states were not met.