Suva, Fiji - University of the South Pacific (USP) students will tomorrow participate in a debate on the post 2015 development agenda. The event is jointly organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and USP to mark the International Day for Eradication of Poverty.

The debate will be on the topic “Human Rights and culture should be integrated in the post 2015 development agenda.” It forms the second round of debates on the post 2015 development agenda held at USP. The first round was held in May.

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are a set of eight goals agreed to by world leaders in 2000 that aim to free humanity from extreme poverty, diseases and illiteracy. While there have been varying degrees of achievement of the MDGs across the globe and in the Pacific, it is broadly acknowledged that MDGs were powerful in galvanizing international development efforts. The MDGs will come to an end in 2015 and the debate on how to establish new global development goals is now underway.

The UNDP Resident Representative and UN Resident Coordinator, Knut Ostby will deliver opening remarks at the event, which will start at 6pm and finish at 8. The debates will take place at the Oceania Arts Centre on Laucala Campus in Suva and members of the public are welcome to attend.

Contact information

Shobhna Decloitre, UNDP Communications Specialist on

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