Fifteen years ago practically all the countries on this globe agreed to work towards less poverty and more equality, health and sustainability. After all, it would be silly to work towards much else. Specific goals were agreed upon to measure progress. Would be silly not to: all talk and no action is a lousy heritage for a politician.
Fifteen years have now passed and it is time to check whether those goals have been reached in all of those many countries. Of course not. It would be silly to think that. Some countries are not even near reaching those goals. But some others have really done well.
Silly to assume that 2015 is a moment to pause. To pat the backs of those who have succeeded, and wag the finger at those who haven’t. New development goals are already being negotiated. And silly you, to think they will only concern the third world. The post-2015 development agenda, which is taking form, will affect us all.
Very soon, solemn statements will be penned, about finally extending education for all, about finally ending poverty. Compromises will be struck and empty promises about halting climate change will be made. Very silly.
And then surely, surely, some commitments are made, that will be kept.
Not to take the post-2015 dead seriously -that would be the silliest thing of all. Our life on this planet may depend on it.