Human rights and a focus on the multidimensional scope of poverty should be at the centre of the agenda that replaces the Millennium Development Goals, according to a new position from CONCORD’s Beyond 2015 European Taskforce

The position proposes that poverty be looked at from a multi-dimensional perspective that encompasses a shortage of capabilities, choices, security and power as well as resources such as income. Given the nature and scale of the global challenges the world is facing, it is no longer possible to imagine a framework which is designed predominantly for implementation by developing countries. The post-2015 framework must be universal, with global goals pertaining to all countries and all countries contributing to their achievement.
The position outlines 7 key principles:
1. The Progressive Realisation of Human Rights and the Application of Human Rights Principles
1A. Equality and Non-Discrimination
1B. Meaningful Participation and People’s Empowerment
1C. Responsibility and Accountability
2. Well-Being as a Measure of Individual and National Progress
2A. Moving Beyond GDP to Measure Progress
3. Focus on Structural Change
4. Sustainability, Now and in the Future
5. Policy Coherence for (Sustainable) Development
6. Universal Framework with Universal Goals
7. Common but Differentiated Responsibility