MDGs and the post-2015 development agenda

In the year 2000, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the United Nations Millennium Declaration (Resolution A/res/55/2) which set out the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Goal 7 contains a target to “Halve, by 2015, the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation.”

The problem with the current MDG agenda is that States must reach a certain target, without the requirement to focus on specifically those people and areas that are currently worst off. This means that at the moment, targets are being reached, with the possibility of leaving the most marginalised without any progress. Since future goals and targets will shape national legislation, budgeting and policies, and therefore impacts the realisation of the rights to water and sanitation, a human rights based approach is of crucial importance to the Post 2015 development agenda.

For more information on the Millennium Development Goals and the Post 2015 Development Agenda, please refer to: