With widespread human deprivations and inequalities, the challenges of development over the years have remained enormous. So at the beginning of a new millennium, the world has adopted the Millennium Declaration and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to reduce basic human poverty by 2015. Today, the world is at a crossroads with impressive but uneven progress on some fronts, significant gaps remaining and new challenges emerging. With less than three years to go, the present book focuses on the analytics of the Goals from a broader perspective, highlights the success stories, indicates how to accelerate the MDG progress, identifies how to sustain MDG progress and proposes how to frame the post-2015 development agenda. The basic idea is to have a better understanding of the issues related to the MDGs, to generate a development discourse and policy dialogue, and to induce debate on the post-2015 development agenda.
Selim Jahan is the Director of the Poverty Division of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in New York. In that capacity, he leads UNDP’s work on poverty and inequality, inclusive development, inclusive globalization and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). He was a member of the Core Team that authored UNDP’s nine global Human Development Reports (1993-2001).
Before joining UNDP in 1992, Selim Jahan taught at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh and McGill University, Canada and was a Visiting Fellow at the School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, USA. He has also served as an Adviser to the Planning Commission, Government of Bangladesh, ILO, UNDP, and the World Bank. He was the Secretary General of the Bangladesh Economics Association (1991-92).