by Jeffrey D Sachs
The Lancet, Vol. 382, Issue 9897, pp. 1001-1002, 21 September 2013
A special event at the UN General Assembly on Sept 25, 2013 marks a bridge between the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the end of 2015 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that presumably will run from 2016 to 2030. The special event will address urgent actions to accelerate progress to the MDGs over their remaining 2 years, while setting a timeline and diplomatic framework for creating the post-2015 development agenda. For many, the UN processes seems convoluted, or even irrelevant, but what is taking shape has the potential to help humanity make an urgent change of course to address the deep and interconnected economic, social, and environmental challenges the world faces.