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Blue marble: The Pacific in the post-2015 development agenda

On 7 December 1972 members of the Apollo 17 moon mission created an image that would redefine the world. The Big Blue Marble photograph, as it became known, depicted a fragile Earth hovering in the void.

As this discussion paper argues, around the world, thoughts are now turning to what comes after the Millennium Development Goals expire in 2015.  As custodians of the world’s largest ocean and home to some of its most vulnerable countries, the Pacific has a significant stake in redefining the global approach to development.

Key messages from this paper:

  • the MDGs were useful, but lacked the scope and specificity to properly address the needs of all developing countries, especially young, small and vulnerable nations. They did not reflect emerging priorities such as climate change and post-conflict nation building, and they ignored the role of wealthy nations in global development
  • a new set of development priorities is needed. Looking beyond 2015, the inescapable truth is that we need a fundamental shift in development thinking
  • new visions require new voices. The g7+ group of nations is making itself heard as we begin to define the post-2015 development agenda, asserting that peace-building and state-building goals are essential to development
  • ultimately, each nation will chart its own course and identify its own priority areas, but building solidarity and sharing expertise benefits everyone