The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and the Korea Development Institute (KDI) have released a new special report on post-2015 millennium development goals (MDGs), which includes indicators for 11 new future goals — the Bellagio Goals — that will be presented to the United Nations.

Post 2015 Development Agenda: Goals, Targets and Indicators is based on meetings and regional consultations between 2011-2012 in Bellagio, Paris, Beijing, Seoul, Pretoria, Mumbai and Rio de Janeiro. The report is authored by Centre for Global Studies research associate Nicole Bates-Eamer, CIGI Senior Fellow Barry Carin, KDI research associate Min Ha Lee, KDI Director of Global Economy Research Wonhyuk Lim and University of Manchester’s Professor of Global Health and Humanitarian Affairs Dr. Mukesh Kapila.

“Overall, the MDGs have been remarkably successful in focusing attention and mobilizing resources to address the major gaps in human development,” the authors say. But with the 2015 deadline date approaching, they argue that “[f]uture goals must reach beyond traditional development thinking to become sustainable one-world goals that apply to poor and rich countries alike.” Based on a review of the existing MDGs and broad consultations, the authors have drafted 11 future potential goals, referred to as the “Bellagio Goals”:

  • Inclusive Economic Growth for Dignified Livelihoods and Adequate Standards of Living
  • Sufficient Food and Water for Active Living
  • Appropriate Education and Skills for Full Participation in Society
  • Good Health for the Best Possible Physical, Mental and Social Well-being
  • Security for Ensuring Freedom from Violence
  • Gender Equality Enabling Men and Women to Participate and Benefit Equally in Society
  • Resilient Communities and Nations for Reduced Disaster Impact from Natural and Technological Hazards
  • Quality Infrastructure for Access to Energy, Transportation and Communication
  • Empowering People to Realize their Civil and Political Rights
  • Sustainable Management of the Biosphere, Enabling People and the Planet to Thrive Together
  • Global Governance and Equitable Rules for Realizing Human Potential

According to the authors, the Bellagio Goals would “apply to both developing and developed countries” but targets would be adapted to reflect specific contexts. By setting universal goals that guide global development, national adaptations would give countries their own sense of ownership. In the report, each proposed goal is elaborated on and includes indicators, critical for measuring progress.

Post 2015 Development Agenda: Goals, Targets and Indicators was issued as part of CIGI’s global development project “Toward a Post-2015 Development Paradigm.” It will be presented this fall to UN diplomats, officials responsible for post-2015 development goals, World Bank officials and civil society within the United States. To read this report, please click here.


Kevin Dias, Communications Specialist, CIGI
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