Countries need to leapfrog outdated systems to build a cleaner economy and to achieve this, there has to be a mindset change that requires leadership from everyone, says UN Under-Secretary-General Noeleen Heyzer.
Governments should be using the current crisis to double up on foreign development spending. The more support that developing and emerging economies have to weather the storm, the faster the global recovery will be.
The drop in Aids-related deaths has lulled the world into a false sense of accomplishment. International HIV/Aids Alliance's Christine Stegling argues that the struggle against HIV must be integrated into sustainable development planning.
Will a new set of goals help the world shift from a dangerous business-as-usual path to one of true sustainable development? Can UN goals actually make a difference? Columbia University professor Jeffrey Sachs is optimistic that they can.