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The World Beyond 2015 – Europe’s contribution to the post MDG Framework

Motion for a resolution | Doc. 13049 | 04 October 2012

Ms Federica MOGHERINI REBESANI, Italy, SOC ; Ms Karin ANDERSEN, Norway, UEL ; Mr Lennart AXELSSON, Sweden, SOC ; Mr Christian BATAILLE, France, SOC ; Ms Gülsün BİLGEHAN, Turkey, SOC ; Ms Sílvia Eloïsa BONET PEROT, Andorra, SOC ; Ms Bernadette BOURZAI, France, SOC ; Ms Lise CHRISTOFFERSEN, Norway, SOC ; Mr Michael CONNARTY, United Kingdom, SOC ; Ms Andreja ČRNAK MEGLIČ, Slovenia, SOC ; Ms Ismeta DERVOZ, Bosnia and Herzegovina, EPP/CD ; Mr Arcadio DÍAZ TEJERA, Spain, SOC ; Ms Josette DURRIEU, France, SOC ; Mr Jonas GUNNARSSON, Sweden, SOC ; Mr Antonio GUTIÉRREZ, Spain, SOC ; Ms Carina HÄGG, Sweden, SOC ; Mr Mike HANCOCK, United Kingdom, ALDE ; Mr Håkon HAUGLI, Norway, SOC ; Mr Ramón JÁUREGUI, Spain, SOC ; Mr Jean-Yves LE DÉAUT, France, SOC ; Mr Jean-Pierre MICHEL, France, SOC ; Mr Jerzy MONTAG, Germany, SOC ; Ms Carina OHLSSON, Sweden, SOC ; Ms Sandra OSBORNE, United Kingdom, SOC ; Mr Tudor PANŢIRU, Romania, SOC ; Mr Grigore PETRENCO, Republic of Moldova, UEL ; Mr René ROUQUET, France, SOC ; Mr Konstantinos TRIANTAFYLLOS, Greece, SOC ; Mr Eric VORUZ, Switzerland, SOC ; Ms Gisela WURM, Austria, SOC

The Millennium Development Goals (MDG) will expire in 2015. For 15 years, MDGs rallied behind a common understanding of poverty eradication and provided targets to guide policy decisions.

Reducing by half the proportion of people without sustainable access to drinking water has already been achieved and the poverty rate has fallen to under half of its 1990 value. Deaths from malaria and HIV infections declined; availability of anti-retroviral drugs for HIV/AIDS treatment increased. However, decreases in maternal mortality are far from the target. Significant steps towards achieving universal primary education have also been made. Much more remains to be done, as progress is uneven among countries and regions and some targets are still off-track.

The United Nations at its September 2013 MDG Summit will agree on a roadmap to define the vision for the post 2015 Sustainable development framework that will be adopted at the Global Summit in 2015.

Europe and national Governments must take a strong stand at this process. Considering that:

  • too often progress tends to bypass those who are lowest on the economic ladder or are otherwise disadvantaged because of their sex, age, disability or ethnicity. Disparities between urban and rural areas are daunting;
  • challenges of the climate change, biodiversity and water shortage further complicate the picture,

the Parliamentary Assembly:

  • should elaborate Council of Europe’s contribution to this international process;
  • calls on its member States to carry out the review of progress towards the MDGs.