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[Editorial] Sustainable equality—a goal to aspire to

2015 marks a transition point for development which is, in its own way, exhilarating. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will shortly expire, and these familiar and extensively discussed benchmarks can then be judged to have culminated in successes, failures, or opportunities against the extraordinary backdrop of the era—from the response to a catastrophic epidemic of HIV/AIDS to the profound and challenging global shifts in disease epidemiology, demography, and migration. A new set of aspirations must be fashioned to prepare the world’s people for times of continuing, indeed perhaps intensifying, change and uncertainty.