Goals for the Rich – Making the next development agenda relevant and aspirational for all

Many people argue that the next set of development goals must be formulated for all countries and not – as the current MDGs – primarily focus on the developing world. With natural systems under severe stress and resource scarcity threatening the right to development of the world’s poor, is it time to devise goals involving the rich?

As more than three quarters of the extreme poor live in middle income countries and the global middle class is estimated to double in ten years’ time, North-South distinctions are increasingly blurred. Addressing inequalities within regions and countries is therefore fundamental. But how can “the rich” – individuals and nations in developing as well as developed countries – be brought on board?

How to tackle the complexity of sustainability in the next global development agenda looms large. Is it at all possible to fulfill the good intention to fuse economic, social and environmental dimensions into a whole, as agreed at the Rio conference last summer? What kind of development is possible without compromising the future of the planet?

This seminar will address the challenge of framing the post-2015 agenda in ways that allow for a relevant and fair sharing of responsibilities across the globe;

How can we establish a universal agenda that recognizes the diversity of challenges within and among countries?

How should the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities be understood and implemented?

How do we formulate goals to target the rich?

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