Avon Global Center for Women and Justice at Cornell Law School

Beyond 2015 Positive Steps and Potential Setbacks of the Post-2015 Development Agenda

On April 23, 2015, the Avon Global Center partnered with Cornell International Affairs Society (CIAS) and Cornell International Affairs Forum to organize a panel assessing the successes and remaining challenges of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), as well as discussing its foreseen successor currently negotiated by the UN: the Post-2015 Development Agenda, also known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Panelist Professor Muna Ndulo, Director of the Institute for African Development and Professor of Law at Cornell Law School, discussed the international community's need for the Post-2015 Development Agenda, the proposed goals itself and any likely obstacles and challenges as compared to the Millennium Development Goals.

Professor Prabhu Pingali, Professor of Applied Economics and Management and Director of the Tata-Cornell Agriculture and Nutrition Initiative in the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University, spoke in detail assessing Millennium Development Goal 1: "Eradicating extreme poverty and hunger." Professor Pingali discussed what positive steps we can take to eradicate extreme poverty as well as how countries can improve their ownership in eradicating global poverty, outlining however at the same time the international community's misconceptions and misrepresentations on improvements made since 2000.

Professor N'Dri Assie-Lumumba, President of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) and Professor in the Africana Studies and Research Center at Cornell University, discussed the importance of education and why she believes it is necessary for the topic of education to be included in the Sustainable Development Goals.