People must be at the heart of ambitions to tackle poverty

27 September 2013

Flags outside the UN building in New York.

World leaders have met this week to review progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York. As an organisation working with many grassroots organisations worldwide, CAFOD has been supporting the implementation of these global anti-poverty targets since the beginning.

Along with umbrella organisation Caritas International and Caritas member Trocaire, we organised a side-event at the UN meeting to discuss how to empower poor people to have a say in their development. Following the event, CAFOD director, Chris Bain said:

“CAFOD is taking a leading role internationally in driving the thinking for what comes after the MDGs. Along with our Beyond 2015 partners, we have told the United Nations that civil society and poor communities themselves must be at the heart of any ambitious vision for the future in tackling poverty.

Poor communities themselves must be at the heart of any ambitious vision for the future in tackling poverty."

Chris Bain

Those groups who gathered in New York to lobby the United Nations General Assembly recognise that the MDGs have made a difference, but in many cases they have fallen far short of the targets on poverty, education, health, gender equality and global partnership and have often excluded the very poorest people. There is still a long way to go.”

Neva Frecheville, CAFOD’s lead policy analyst on post-2015, added: “Governments need to start listening to the people and to raise the level of ambition in order to ensure that no one is left behind. Civil society around the world will not accept a framework which does not deal with the structural causes of poverty and injustice. The global community gets one chance for deep thought every twenty years - and this is it.”

Read more about CAFOD’s work post-Millennium Development Goals.

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