Secretary-General’s Synthesis Report on Post-2015 Agenda: A Missed Opportunity

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By Ulysses Smith

The much-anticipated Synthesis Report of the UN Secretary-General on the Post-2015 Development Agenda was issued on Thursday. Entitled “The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives and Protecting the Planet,” the report articulates a “call to action to transform our world beyond 2015.” A noble exhortation to be sure, one that, it is safe to say, absolutely no one can argue with. But unfortunately the report falls short of making a valuable contribution to the wider discussion around the new development agenda, particularly when it comes to navigating the difficult road ahead...