Another vital post-2015 issue, because it is always the people on the margins who get left behind – such as women and children in poor rural areas whose health needs remain underserved while their relatively well-off neighbours in nearby towns and cities make progress.
Written by Elizabeth Stuart, Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute
In the negotiating uncertainties of the Post-2015 agenda, there is one issue that seems to have substantial – I hesitate to say – universal, agreement: that the SDGs must not miss the opportunity to improve the lives of the most marginalized.
Although the Open Working Group outcome document didn’t reference it explicitly, leaving no one behind seems likely to be included in the Declaration, and supported by the Financing for Development final document (the zero draft for which came out this week and talks bout a minimum financial package to provide essential services ), and we can hope to see specific commitments to it in the final outcome document.
It’s not however a done deal: some question how it differs as a concept from inequality in general, while others favour the intent, but not the High Level Panel’s language
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