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UN post-2015 dev agenda empty bowl: R

By farjana - Posted on 05 June 2013

Civil right groups EquityBD and VOICE have criticized United Nation High Level Panel (UN HLP) report on post 2015 agenda for development terming it "as lofty goal and empty bowl." 

At a press conference held at National Press Club, leaders of these organizations said the report is far from meeting the needs of the transforming economies. The release of the UN HLP report on June 30 in New York was chaired by UK Prime Minister David Cameron, Indonesian President Dr. Susilo Bambang and Liberian President Alen Johnson Sirlef.

Rezaul Karim Chowdhury and Ahmed Swapan Mahmud spoke on the occasion.

They said the report has over emphasized the role of free market and private sector financing to attain the goals and in doing so it failed to strike a balance between private sector and public sector financing. 

They said free market is responsible for producing poverty and global inequality and this in turn is only widening the gap between rich and poor. Private finance always looks for profit and it can't be used to establish equity and justice. 

They urged the UN Secretary General to consider in the post 2015 development framework four major demands including developed country must recognize historical responsibility to remove poverty, all LDC's debt must be cancelled and there should not be debt creating instruments in the name of development assistance, democratic policy space must be created for LDCs and developing country in international financial institutions and holding back arm race and army expenditure involving the poor nations.


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