The world faces a number of crucial development challenges. They include: strengthening the capacity of people to design and deliver development policies; enhancing the accountability of states towards their citizens; building the capacity of states and societies to prevent and manage conflict; providing universal access to education; building systems to deliver public health services to battle diseases such as TB, malaria, and HIV; creating business enabling environments for investment and to spur economic growth; improving the internal capacity to trade; and obtaining fair access to markets.
The Millennium Development Goals (MDG) helped shine a spotlight on many of these issues by galvanizing world attention on challenges like extreme poverty. As a result, significant progress has been made. However, progress has been uneven across countries and goals and the challenge ahead remains significant.
In July 2012, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced 27 members of a High-level Panel to advise on the global development framework beyond 2015, the target date for the Millennium Development Goals. Some KPMG member firms participated in this consultation through local UN Global Compact networks. KPMG International also submitted input directly to the UN Global Compact following consultation with our international development professionals around the world.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) will build on the MDG framework to address the enabling environment required for development, natural resource constraints, and deep inequity.
As a signatory of the UN Global Compact, KPMG International aligns our global citizenship strategy with the compacts ten principles.