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The New Development Agenda

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The Sustainable Development Goals, recently agreed at the UN, will guide global development efforts for the next 15 years. Will the new agenda replicate the success of the just-completed Millennium Development Goals, or do the SDGs ask too much of developing countries?

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  1. A Fish Called Development
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    A Fish Called Development

    Oct 1, 2015 Oby Ezekwesili, et al. urge leaders to eliminate harmful fisheries subsidies at the WTO meeting in December.

  2. Leaving Our Children Nothing
    Portrait of a young girl.

    Leaving Our Children Nothing

    Sep 30, 2015 Johan Rockström wants to leave our descendants no poverty, no greenhouse-gas emissions, and no biodiversity loss.

  3. The Data Revolution for Sustainable Development
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    The Data Revolution for Sustainable Development

    Sep 18, 2015 Jeffrey D. Sachs, et al. cite new technologies that can help meet long-term education, health, and poverty-reduction goals.

  4. Securing a Sustainable Future
    Flood water in Sylhet City Md. Akhlas Uddin/ZumaPress

    Securing a Sustainable Future

    Sep 16, 2015 Gro Harlem Brundtland & Graça Machel warn world leaders that climate change could erase progress toward development goals.

  5. Unsustainable Development Goals
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    Unsustainable Development Goals

    Sep 15, 2015 Bjørn Lomborg calls the UN's Agenda for Sustainable Development the missed opportunity of a generation.

  6. Another Great Leap Forward for Development
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    Another Great Leap Forward for Development

    Aug 27, 2015 Javier Solana underscores the universality of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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    The Language of Political Control

    Robert Skidelsky views recent linguistic innovations as manipulative efforts to compel “correct” thought and perception.
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    Globalization vs. Democracy

    Kaushik Basu highlights the contradictions and vulnerabilities inherent in the current international order.
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    The West’s New Infrastructure Imperative

    Diane Coyle explains why a broader conception of the term could reflect a renewed interest in investing in the future.
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    An Iran-Israel War?

    Iran’s mass ballistic missile and drone attack on Israel last week raised anew the specter of a widening Middle East war that draws in Iran and its proxies, as well as Western countries like the United States. The urgent need to defuse tensions – starting by ending Israel’s war in Gaza and pursuing a lasting political solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – is obvious, but can it be done?

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    What a Climate-Aligned IMF Would Look Like

    Mohamed Nasheed & Rakesh Mohan explain how the managing director can fully position the institution to help the most vulnerable countries.
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    The Key to Transforming African Health

    Jayati Ghosh highlights efforts to foster scientific innovation and drug manufacturing on the continent.
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    China’s Rebalancing Imperative

    Stephen S. Roach

    The most successful development stories almost always involve major shifts in the sources of economic growth, which in turn allow economies to reinvent themselves out of necessity or by design. In China, the interplay of mounting external pressures, lagging household consumption, and falling productivity will increasingly shape China’s policy choices in the years ahead.

    explains why the Chinese authorities should switch to a consumption- and productivity-led growth model.
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    From Welfare State to Safe State in Latin America

    Jorge G. Castañeda & Carlos Ominami

    Designing a progressive anti-violence strategy that delivers the safety for which a huge share of Latin Americans crave is perhaps the most difficult challenge facing many of the region’s governments. But it is also the most important.

    urge the region’s progressives to start treating security as an essential component of social protection.
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    The Urgency of Sovereign-Debt Restructuring

    José Antonio Ocampo highlights the need for a comprehensive mechanism to deliver relief to low- and middle-income countries.

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