Islamic Relief has stepped up pressure on the UN to put equality at the heart of the future development agenda, as signatory to a high-profile global civil society statement.

The ‘No target met unless for all’ statement was provided to the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, as well as the Head of the UNDESA and other key influencers. Signed by over 270 organisations from around the world, it urges that the development framework that replaces the Millennium Development Goals leave no one behind.

Global civil society statement

Inequalities are not an inevitable outcome of development progress. If we are to recognize the truly transformative potential of the new sustainable development framework we must embed equity at its core. No one must be left behind by virtue of their gender, age, disability, income, geography or ethnicity.

We, the undersigned organisations, urge the United Nations Secretary General to include an explicit commitment in his Synthesis Report on the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda that no target should be considered met unless it is met for all social and economic groups.

Shaping the future of development

With the Millennium Development Goals due to complete next year, Islamic Relief is advocating for a future development agenda capable of wiping poverty from the world map.

Our latest efforts to ensure the new development goals are sustainable, and secure a cleaner, safer, and fairer world for all include an extensive programme of advocacy and engagement around  United Nations General Assembly last month.