Title: Measuring Development Inaccurately What the UN’s Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Should Be Measuring
Author: Tetet Lauron, IBON International

Voices from the South E-Newsletter:


With the expiration of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
of power, distribution,
in 2015, the UN is now preparing to usher in a new era with the launch- ing of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 17 goals and 169 targets have now been drafted, and they are all slated for discussion and official recognition at the upcoming UN General Assembly in September.
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In March 2015, the UN called together a consultation civil society stake- holders to specifically discuss the proposed goals and targets outlined in the draft SDGs (including poverty eradication, food security, ensuring quality access to numerous basic services, environmental sustainability, among others) Karibu partner Maria Theresa (Tetet) Lauron of IBON In- ternational spoke at this consultation, raising a critique of the indicators and statistics used by the international community to demonstrate “pov- erty alleviation.” She instead offered alternative indicators that can better demonstrate true development. In this month’s “Voices from the South,” we lift up Tetet’s speech that was given during the plenary session of the UN Interactive Dialogue in New York, including a video of the speech.

A video of Tetet’s speech to the UN (outlined in this month’s “Voices from the South”) can be found at http://goo.gl/KtlELz.

Jump to the 55 min, 35 second mark to hear Tetet.

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