UN chief appoints panel to set new global development goals


Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, together with the leaders of Indonesia and Britain, has been appointed to lead a global panel to set new international targets on sustainable development.

The appointments were announced Wednesday by the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon; the panel is expected to commence work following June's much anticipated UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro in June.

President Sirleaf, Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain, and President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia will be spearheading the crusade aimed at eliminating poverty.

“I am grateful to these three leaders for their commitment,” the UN chief said in a statement announcing the new panel, which is expected to set new targets to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).


The present set of global development goals [MDGs] expires in 2015, and there is uncertainty as to the feasibility of meeting them on time.

There have been ongoing negotiations to set new goals which will focus on improving 'green' economies thereby saving the earth's resources.

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