NGO MAJOR GROUP POSITION PAPER FOR 2017 HIGH-LEVEL POLITICAL FORUM

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ENOMW is among 150 NGOs of NGO MAJOR FORUM addressing the high-level forum on Sustainable Development Goal 1

The 2017 High Level Political Forum addresses the theme “Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world,” an imperative that is also a prerequisite for sustainable peace. Achieving these aims will not be possible unless the structural and systemic barriers to achievement – and root causes of exploitation and degradation of the environment – are addressed. Current neoliberal macroeconomic policy is a major driver of unequal distribution of wealth and power and the destruction of natural resources, and must be reconsidered and replaced. Notions of development based entirely on economic growth present a myopic view of progress and must be discarded, and corporations must be held to account for their social and environmental records. We call for a new development paradigm which furthers the well-being of humans, nature and animals, and which sees as its ultimate aim the achievement of equity and justice, to “leave no one behind.”

In keeping with the commitment to “Leave No One Behind,” the full position paper of the Non- Governmental Organizations’ Major Group details the ways in which the SDGs are interconnected, locally applicable yet requiring universal commitment, and essential for the eradication of poverty and promotion of prosperity for all

READ FULL NGO MG Paper for HLPF 2017