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Examining The Need For Ambitious Yet Feasible Targets For Post-2015 Development Agenda

Noting “[t]here are about 1,000 days to go before the deadline to achieve the current Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expires in December 2015,” Mark Suzman, managing director for international policy, programs and advocacy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, writes in the foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, “I see two threads in the post-2015 discussions that could diffuse the power of the MDGs.” He continues, “One is the push to dramatically expand the MDG agenda, which threatens consensus and dilutes the focus on a limited set of joint priorities. The other is a call for visionary goals and targets like ‘ending all preventable deaths,’ which, while laudable, have no hope of achievement by 2030.” He notes, “At the recent high-level consultation on health and the post-2015 agenda in Botswana, I argued that we should set ambitious, but technically feasible targets for post-2015 health outcomes,” and he provides examples (5/13).