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Post 2015 vs SDGs

I was asked recently what the relationship is between the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is a complicated question, particularly because the negotiation processes for the two are complex and not well aligned.

In my view, the SDGs should not replace the MDGs. The MDGS are yet to be completed and we need to remain focused on their achievement. To date, they have been the greatest focus of UN progress in development but there is more to be done. The SDGs can help complement the MDGs by looking at other dimensions but should not create competition for attention or resources. In addition, ‘success’ in the SDG areas is more complicated to define in a single, global way, and may depend more on national circumstances and outcomes. The Post 2015 process should take precedence and the SDGS complement any gaps as they are integrated, potentially into new Global Development Goals.

Robynne Anderson

Robynne has extensive experience in the agriculture and food sector, working throughout the value chain – from basic inputs to farmers in the field to the grocery store shelf. She works internationally in the sector, including speaking at the United Nations on agriculture and food issues, and representing the International Agri-Food Network at the UN.Throughout her career she has worked with farm organisations like the Prairie Oat Growers Association, the National Smallholder Farmers Association of Malawi and the Himalayan Farmers Association, as well as global groups, to further the voice of agriculture in the food debate. She has also worked with Fortune 500 companies growing worldwide businesses to assist them with issues management and strategy decisions.

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