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Better governance for MDGs: A Reference Note

Feb 27, 2009

UNDP’s reference note E-discussion on rethinking democratic governance and leadership for achieving the MDGs articulates the thoughts and experiences from global contributors on how public purpose is advanced through multi-sectoral efforts. It also highlights the role of UN Millennium Campaign’s advocacy work in enhancing governance and accountability.

e-discussion on rethinking democratic governance and leadership for achieving the MDGs

Publisher: UNDP, November 2008

This reference note on thematic e-discussions in UNDP networks during June 9-July 31, 2008 reiterated the role of governance and leadership in strengthening efforts to eradicate poverty and hunger; and widening fiscal space to expand pro-poor spending.

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The e-discussions focused on the role of government institutions to achieve the MDGs. These discussions underscored the relationship between growth and governance, linkages of governance reforms and MDG achievements and importance of participation, economic and social rights as well as social and political processes for the achievement of the MDGs.

They firmly endorsed the critical needs of ‘innovation in leadership’, the ‘leadership in innovation’ and the ‘leadership support to innovation’.

The achievement of the MDGs will require hundreds of thousands of leaders, champions, change agents, and innovators in every country and region.

It is important to broaden the outreach, pay closer attention to those who are not in focus - look not just at the well-established leaders, leading innovators, or CEOs, but also those who strive to follow in their footsteps or break the grounds by not following them.

Members repeated throughout the discourse that champions and change agents are rarely created; they emerge from the society following either an enabling environment for their rise or a desperate situation that pushes natural leaders to stand up for the rights of the people.

The e-discussion highlighted the need for efforts to ensure that development practitioners on the ground have the appropriate knowledge and tools to be able to respond to all possible situations.

It also showed the importance of fostering effective partnership among relevant stakeholders and promoting innovative leadership on national and local levels.

Thus, governments, international community, private sector, media, NGOs, CSOs - all stakeholders could forge a meaningful partnership to achieve MDGs, and, more importantly, to look beyond the 2015 timeline.

Source : UNMC
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