Global goals ignore needs of the South

Global goals ignore needs of the SouthThe 70th session of the United Nations general assembly has endorsed the so-called sustainable development goals (SDGs), or global goals, as the post-2015 development agenda for the next 15 years.

The SDGs replace the millennium development goals (MDGs) that were adopted in 2000. The SDGs demonstrate, among other things, that our leaders continue to miss the point about what the global human society desperately needs, or what is to be done to advance wellbeing globally.

The development agenda has to be about transforming the world we live in, which has become more uncertain and dangerous, instead of adding new goals and targets to the MDGs, which were themselves poorly crafted and not based on deeper thinking about the global society’s needs.


About The Project

Funded by the Open Society Foundation for South Africa (OSF-SA), the project focuses on the changing dynamics and implications of South- South cooperation, in the context of South Africa's avowed commitment to this cause in its international relations. The need to understand the complexities of South-South dynamics and their implications for foreign policy is particularly urgent for South Africa, which, while working to advance South-South multilateralism, must also contend with the corresponding need to remain true to other universal values underpinning its foreign policy as well as guarantee the specific interests of its immediate environment, that is, the African continent.

Key Themes

In recent times, South-South cooperation has received renewed attention, inspired mainly by the emergence of new southern clubs such as IBSA, BRICS and CELAC. This trend reflects a growing push by developing countries to respond to current global challenges in a coherent and concerted manner.


Aims and Objectives of The Project

The aim of the project is therefore to contribute, through critical research and dialogue, towards a nuanced understanding of contemporary South-South cooperation. In particular, it seeks to appreciate the basis on which countries in the South cooperate or compete with one another, and the implication of these dynamics for South Africa's policy.


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