New report sets out pathway to ending extreme poverty by 2030

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A huge opportunity to end extreme poverty must be taken by world leaders, a new report by Save the Children says.

The report, titled “Ending Poverty in our Generation”, sets out ten objectives to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which expire in 2015. “An historic achievement is within reach. By committing to these ambitious but achievable new targets, we really can become the generation that ends extreme poverty forever,” said Justin Forsyth, Chief Executive of Save the Children. Building on MDGs It comes as the world gears up for substantial discussions on the future of a development program that was re-energized by the MDGs in 2000. According to the UN’s 2012 report card, extreme poverty is projected to have halved between 1990 and 2010. Yet, overall progress is mixed, as some countries will not meet any of the targets. Last year, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon appointed Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron as co-chairs on a High Level Panel to advise on the development framework post-MDGs. The UN has called for input from member states, civil society, academic institutions and NGOs to shape the discussions ahead of the panel’s report in May 2013. Addressing gaps Despite considerable gains made by the MDGs, Save the Children says that fundamental issues need to be addressed to ensure continued progress. Its report centers the debate on issues of inequality and accountability, arguing that the world needs to seriously tackle the huge gaps between rich and poor. Failure to reduce inequality will hinder overall efforts to eradicate absolute poverty, the report adds. In addition to addressing inequality, the study also calls for greater government transparency to ensure that information is more accessible to the wider public.