Scientific Disciplines Must Link Up to Serve Development
A greater commitment to multidisciplinary research, and to local problem solving, is essential to achieving future development goals. UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon recently announced the members of the panel that has been given the challenge of defining the global development agenda after the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire in 2015.
The panel’s first meeting, scheduled for September, will mark the start of a process that will run parallel to — but separately from — the process of defining goals, targets and indicators for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that are likely to succeed the MDGs. The process of creating a new set of development goals is expected to culminate in a proposal to the 68th General Assembly of the UN in September next year