ActionAid believes David Cameron and his panel of advisors have shown leadership on a number of critical issues in the United Nations report on the post-2015 development agenda, released last night, most notably women’s rights and tackling global tax evasion and avoidance.
Both issues have also attracted considerable support among the panel’s other 26 members, as well as being recurring themes coming from the civil society discussions which took place in London, Monrovia and Bali in recent months. ActionAid is therefore pleased to see that both women’s rights and tax feature in the final report.
Melanie Ward, Head of Advocacy at ActionAid, said:
“ActionAid congratulates David Cameron and the panel for their strong leadership on women’s rights issues. Poverty is not just about economics; it’s also about security, and women and girls continue to live in fear of violence in too many societies. That today’s report includes a standalone goal on achieving gender equality and specific targets around ending violence against women and girls is a very important step.
“The panel’s call for the eradication of extreme poverty by 2030 is a worthy and ambitious target compared with the current MDG framework. Inequalities across the globe continue to deepen along lines of gender, ethnicity, race, disability and national borders, and it’s good that there is recognition of this. But without meaningful and transformational changes in the underlying economic systems, the vision of a world without poverty will remain unattainable.”