ERT’s paper – published as the UN General Assembly meets to discuss the post-2015 Development Agenda – argues that a failure to address inequality has been one of the undeniable failings of the MDGs. ...
ERT’s paper – published as the UN General Assembly meets to discuss the post-2015 Development Agenda – argues that a failure to address inequality has been one of the undeniable failings of the MDGs. The paper uses ERT research to illustrate that status-based discrimination is a driver of both income poverty and denial of access to economic and social rights, such as education and health, which are central to the current MDG framework. ERT argues that establishing effective legal protection for the rights to equality and non-discrimination can provide an important mechanism for alleviating poverty and its consequences, and concludes that this is only possible with the adoption of comprehensive equality legislation.
The paper responds to proposals made in A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies Through Sustainable Development, the report produced by the High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda established by the UN General Secretary. In addition to the central recommendation, the paper recommends four key changes to the framework set out by the Panel:
- The inclusion of a specific target to “Establish positive action programmes to accelerate progress towards equality of a minimum of x% of the population, comprised of particular groups identified as being most exposed to poverty”;
- The inclusion of a specific target to “Ensure effective and comprehensive protection from discrimination” in the five goals associated with income poverty, education, healthcare, employment and participation in public life;
- The strengthening of the commitment to ensure that “Targets will only be considered ‘achieved’ if they are met for relevant income and social groups”, by improving the disaggregation of data; and
- The expansion of the proposed target on legal identity to include the elimination of statelessness.