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Equality of opportunity: The currency of post-2015 development agenda

  • by Kharishar Khafi Hotli Simanjuntak
Jakarta   /   Mon, March 25 2013   /  11:30 am

World leaders are now racing against time to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) target by 2015. The MDG are a set of targets officially established following the Millennium Summit of the United Nations in 2000.

Those targets include halving extreme poverty, achieving universal primary education, promoting gender equality, reducing child mortality, improving maternal health, combating HIV/AIDS and other diseases, ensuring environmental sustainability and developing a global partnership for development.

Today, less than two years before the 2015 deadline, the gaps remain. According to the 2012 UN MDG progress chart, in five of the eight goals, there are still some areas in particular regions where no progress has occurred. In general, however, at the global level, progress is undeniable. The percentage of the population living on less than US$1.25 a day was 46 perc...