End Poverty 2015 - Arab Region http://endpoverty2015.org/en/taxonomy/term/10/0 en Mayors of the world commit to redoubling the efforts to achieve the MDGs http://endpoverty2015.org/en/africa/news/mayors-world-commit-redoubling-efforts-achieve-mdgs/01/apr/08 <p>Under the heading “Deepening local democratic governance to eradicate poverty and achieve the <a href="http://www.endpoverty2015.org">Millennium Development Goals</a>," the delegates to the Forum discussed potential ways of strengthening the role of Local Authorities both in the North and the South in the achievement of the MDGs.</p> <p>Marina Ponti, Director of the United Nations Millennium Campaign in Europe, delivered a keynote speech in the Opening Plenary Session calling on all Local Authorities from all over the world to actively promote and engage in the <span class="caps">STAND</span> UP <span class="caps">AND</span> <span class="caps">TAKE</span> <span class="caps">ACTION</span> <span class="caps">FOR</span> <span class="caps">THE</span> <span class="caps">MDGS</span> initiative on 17-19 October. </p> <p>‘You must ask yourselves’, Ms. Ponti told the Mayors, ‘where was I when over 43 million Stood Up for the MDGs in 2007?. But most importantly, you must ask yourselves “where will I be on 17-19 October 2008 when the world <span class="caps">STANDS</span> UP <span class="caps">AND</span> <span class="caps">TAKES</span> <span class="caps">ACTION</span> <span class="caps">FOR</span> <span class="caps">THE</span> <span class="caps">MDGS</span> again?&#8221; </p> <p>In addition to Ms. Ponti keynote speech, a promotional video of the <span class="caps">STAND</span> UP <span class="caps">AND</span> <span class="caps">TAKE</span> <span class="caps">ACTION</span> <span class="caps">FOR</span> <span class="caps">THE</span> <span class="caps">MDGS</span> initiative was also screened in the Opening Plenary Session and materials tailored to Local Authorities with information on how to participate in the <span class="caps">STAND</span> UP were also distributed to the Mayors and other delegates in the Forum.</p> <p>Finally, an announcement was also made by the organisation of the <a href="http://mirror.undp.org/switzerland/wacap/en/forum_valencia/prepevents.htm"><span class="caps">WACAP</span> Forum</a><br /> on behalf of <span class="caps">UCLG</span> to present the MDGs Call to Action initiative to the Local Authorities present in Athens and explain the ways in which they can engage in this process which will lead up to the celebration of a High Level Event in New York on 25 September 2008.</p> http://endpoverty2015.org/en/africa/news/mayors-world-commit-redoubling-efforts-achieve-mdgs/01/apr/08#comments Africa Arab Region Asia Europe Global Partnership Tue, 01 Apr 2008 15:09:54 +0000 admin 312 at http://endpoverty2015.org Egyptians and Sphinx Stand Against Poverty http://endpoverty2015.org/en/end-hunger/news/egyptians-and-sphinx-stand-against-poverty/29/sep/10 <p>In Egypt, Stand Up was celebrated in more than 50,000 mosques in all governorates across the country, where imams preached about the need for eradicating poverty.</p> <p>This unified action, carried out in cooperation with the Ministry for Religious Endowments, included high profile Friday sermons by the Mufti of Egypt and the Deputy Minister in the Errahman Errahim mosque, one of the most important mosques in Cairo. </p ><p>Religious leaders also spoke about Stand Up in churches across the country and rang bells to make noise in support of the Millennium Development Goals.</p> <p>A youth rally was also held at the Pyramids in Giza. Entitled &ldquo;The Sphinx Stands Against Poverty,&rdquo; the event featured religious leaders, film stars Yosra and Leila Alaoui, and the famous Egyptologist Dr. Hawas. They addressed the audience and read the anti-poverty pledge calling on world leaders to deliver on their promises to end poverty. The event was carried out in cooperation with the National Council for Antiquities, with the contribution of partners including the United Nations, Rotaract clubs, Scouts, the National Council for Youth, Ministry of Religious Endowments, Coptic Church and Al Jazeera Youth Clubs.</p> <p> <img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4124/5037089944_190a247cac.jpg" width="490" height="325" alt="Film Star Leila Elwi reading the antipoverty pledge" /> </p> End Hunger Global Arab Region Universal Education Gender Equity Child Health Maternal Health Combat HIV/AIDS Environmental Sustainability Global Partnership English Wed, 29 Sep 2010 19:03:17 +0000 chiara 1072 at http://endpoverty2015.org Lebanon Stands Up for MDGs http://endpoverty2015.org/en/end-hunger/news/lebanon-stands-mdgs/21/sep/10 The UN Information Centre in Beirut, in collaboration with the Lebanese American University, organized an event at the UN House-Beirut on Friday September 17 to Stand Up, Take Action and Make Noise for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). <br><br> The event brought together around 200 participants, including Lebanese government representatives, ambassadors from the diplomatic corps, Heads of UN agencies and missions, University officials, students and their parents, NGOs, and students from Model UN Program and UN staff. <br><br> Eight University students gave a power point presentation on the eight Millennium Development Goals, including their implementation in Lebanon, points of weakness, strengths, as well as recommendations. <br><br> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/standagainstpoverty/5012180898/" title="DSC_0056 by Stand Up and Take Action, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4086/5012180898_b949cc2f57.jpg" width="500" height="336" alt="DSC_0056" /></a> <br><br> University and school students, as well as NGOs and members of civil society, all Stood Up and made noise for the MDGs and pledged in an oath to implement them in Lebanon. <br><br> A proclamation containing recommendations on the implementation of the MDGs in Lebanon was handed over by students to the representatives of the Lebanese executive and legislative authorities and to UNIC Beirut Director Bahaa Elkoussy, who delivered a copy to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. <br><br> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/standagainstpoverty/5012180714/" title="DSC_0110 by Stand Up and Take Action, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4124/5012180714_db1924f6e4.jpg" width="500" height="364" alt="DSC_0110" /></a></a> <br><br> Click to download the <a href="https://www.box.net/shared/xms4ir3ds5" target="_blank">Oath</a> and <a href="https://www.box.net/shared/rc0zu17z4q" target="_blank">Recommendations</a>. http://endpoverty2015.org/en/end-hunger/news/lebanon-stands-mdgs/21/sep/10#comments End Hunger Global Arab Region Universal Education Gender Equity Child Health Maternal Health Combat HIV/AIDS Environmental Sustainability Global Partnership English Tue, 21 Sep 2010 16:16:49 +0000 Miki 1051 at http://endpoverty2015.org Reuters: Gulf states should up development aid - UN official, November 30, 2008 http://endpoverty2015.org/en/end-hunger/news/reuters-gulf-states-should-development-aid-un-official-november-30-2008/30/nov/08 <p>DOHA, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Oil-rich Gulf Arab states should give more development aid to poor nations and raise transparency if they want a bigger voice on the world stage in the wake of the financial crisis, a senior U.N. official said on Sunday.<br /> "If you want to become a full global player, it comes with responsibilities," said Salil Shetty, director of the U.N.'s Millennium Campaign, which aims to halve extreme poverty and boost life expectancy by 2015.</p> <p>"If Gulf states are serious, let's have some cash down," Shetty said in an interview on the sidelines of a U.N. aid meeting in Qatar's capital.<br /> Gulf Arab states, along with developing countries, have demanded a bigger role in global financial institutions such as the IMF and World Bank as the financial crisis ripples through their economies.</p> <p>"They're doing more in terms of helping Islamic countries, which is a good starting point," Shetty said. "There's no reason why the U.S. can support Israel in that (aid) sense, and Gulf countries cannot support Muslim countries.<br /> "I think they need to step up a lot more than they have and they need to become part of the global process because right now they're kind of isolated. They're not part of the mainstream discourse and they need to get there."</p> <p>CHEQUES AND CONDITIONS<br /> European and U.S. leaders and officials have visited the region in recent weeks, seeking more funds for the IMF as it organizes bailouts for stricken countries. Gulf Arab states maintain that any cheques would come with conditions.<br /> Shetty said it was unclear how much Gulf states gave in development aid because they were not part of the OECD's Development Assistance Committee (DAC) which tracks statistics on aid based on data provided by its members."We don't get clear numbers, it's very opaque. There needs to be more transparency, with these sovereign funds which are massive," he said.The U.N. official's remarks came after Qatar's ruler said on Saturday that too much was expected of oil producers.</p> <p>"Sometimes we have a feeling that there are some attempts to put the whole burden of development on the oil-producing countries and in this logic we see some prejudice and disavowal," Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani said in a speech.<br /> The U.N. summit on financing for development, which runs until Dec. 2, has been overshadowed by the global financial crisis. (Reporting by Amran Abocar, editing by Peter Millership)</p> http://endpoverty2015.org/en/end-hunger/news/reuters-gulf-states-should-development-aid-un-official-november-30-2008/30/nov/08#comments End Hunger Arab Region English Sun, 30 Nov 2008 16:26:00 +0000 Sebastian Majewski 433 at http://endpoverty2015.org Financial Times: UN body warns of damage to aid policy http://endpoverty2015.org/en/africa/news/un-body-warns-damage-aid-policy/28/nov/08 <p>Salil Shetty, director of the UN Millennium Campaign, told the Financial Times that developing nations are estimated to be facing losses of at least $300bn to their economies up to 2010 as a result of the economic slowdown and are particularly vulnerable to global shocks.</p> <p>The UN organisation will use a development conference in Doha, which opens on Saturday, to push wealthy nations to set up a $300bn bailout package for poor countries, he said. The conference is expected to be attended by numerous world leaders, including Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary general, and Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president.</p> <p>&#8220;The consequences for poor countries are devastating because we are talking about far fewer people getting even basic education, water (and) lives being lost due to health systems not functioning, so it&#8217;s pretty lethal stuff,&#8221; Mr Shetty said. &#8220;It&#8217;s a very ironic situation where people who cannot afford to have bank accounts are now facing the consequences of something they didn&#8217;t have anything to do with.&#8221;<br /> Although poorer countries are not at the centre of the financial crisis, they will be severely impacted by sharp declines in trade and commodity prices, as well as reductions in remittances – a key source of foreign currency revenue for many countries. With meagre resources, they also lack the welfare state systems of their developed neighbours to help counter the effects of a global recession.</p> <p>Mr Shetty said rich nations needed to contribute an additional $140bn in aid annually up to 2010 to meet their existing commitments, which he described as &#8220;small change&#8221; compared to the hundreds of billions of dollars being spent on the bailout of western financial systems. They are currently contributing between $100bn and $150bn annually, he said, but that is below commitments made at the Group of Eight summit in Gleneagles in 2005.</p> <p>If they fail to provide the necessary donor funds &#8220;sooner or later it&#8217;s going to bite rich countries&#8221; through increased immigration, insecurity and disease, he added.<br /> Mr Shetty said Italy had already significantly reduced its aid levels this year, adding that while other countries have said they will continue meeting their pledges of assistance, many had failed to do so even when their economies were enjoying healthy growth.</p> <p>Rich nations have long promised to increase their aid levels to 0.7 per cent of their gross domestic product, but only a few have reached the target, with the average at just 0.25 per cent.</p> <p>The Millennium Campaign was set up to hold governments to account in helping poorer nations, mainly in Africa and Asia, meet so-called Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), including halving the number of people living in poverty by 2015.<br /> Mr Shetty said the financial crisis provided the opportunity for countries to focus on improving the quality of donor assistance and breaking the deadlock on world trade talks, particularly tackling the controversial issue of agricultural subsidies paid by developed nations to farmers, which are criticised for hurting agriculture-dependent poor nations.</p> <p>Impoverished countries – many of which are blighted by corruption and poor governance -also have to make better use of their own resources, widen their tax base and improve the efficiency of their public services, he said.</p> http://endpoverty2015.org/en/africa/news/un-body-warns-damage-aid-policy/28/nov/08#comments Africa Arab Region Asia Global Partnership English Financial Times Fri, 28 Nov 2008 05:00:00 +0000 Sebastian Majewski 434 at http://endpoverty2015.org 8 Ways to Change the World: Local Authorities Guide http://endpoverty2015.org/en/global-partnership/resource/8-ways-change-world-local-authorities-guide <p><a href="/files/LOCAL_NORTH_SOUTH_19_06_06_WEB2.PDF">Download the Brochure</a> (pdf)</p> <p>Concrete proposals for Local Authorities both from the North and the South to promote the MDGs at the local level.</p> Africa Germany Italy Portugal Spain Arab Region Asia Europe Latin America &amp; the Caribbean North America Oceania Global Partnership English local authorities Tue, 15 Apr 2008 10:12:28 +0000 admin 328 at http://endpoverty2015.org UNFPA Scales Up Efforts to Save Millions of Women http://endpoverty2015.org/en/maternal-health/news/unfpa-scales-efforts-save-millions-women/14/feb/08 <p>Every minute a woman dies due to complications in pregnancy or<br /> childbirth, adding up to half a million women dying every year. Another<br /> 10-15 million women suffer serious or long-lasting illnesses or<br /> disabilities.</p> <p>“No woman should die giving life,” said <a href="http://www.unfpa.org/">UNFPA</a> Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid. <br /> “To have a healthy society, you have to have healthy mothers.”</p> <p>In many countries, however, progress in maternal health has been slow.<br /> In some, the situation has actually deteriorated over the last 20 years.<br /> The reason is insufficient political will and inadequate resources, as<br /> women’s health is often pushed off the agenda in favour of other priorities.</p> <p>&#8220;It is critical to invest in women if we are to achieve the <a href="http://endpoverty2015.org">Millennium Development Goals</a><br /> Ms. Obaid. &#8220;We urge countries to dedicate more<br /> resources to improving national health systems, training skilled birth<br /> attendants and promoting family planning. Millions of deaths and<br /> disabilities could be prevented, if every woman had access to<br /> reproductive health services.&#8221;</p> <p>Improving maternal health and reducing maternal deaths are at the heart<br /> of <a href="http://endpoverty2015.org">Millennium Development Goal number 5</a>.</p> <p>The thematic fund, which <a href="http://www.unfpa.org/">UNFPA</a> has established in partnership with governments, United Nations organizations and other international partners, will help countries increase their access and use of quality maternal health services that would reduce maternal deaths and<br /> disabilities. It will also increase the capacity of health systems to<br /> provide a broad range of quality maternal health services, strengthen<br /> mechanisms to reduce health inequities, and empower women to exercise<br /> their right to maternal health.</p> <p>The thematic fund will focus on supporting 75 countries with the<br /> greatest need. The goal is to raise $465 million during 2008-2011</p> http://endpoverty2015.org/en/maternal-health/news/unfpa-scales-efforts-save-millions-women/14/feb/08#comments Africa Germany Italy Portugal Spain Arab Region Asia Europe Latin America &amp; the Caribbean Maternal Health North America Oceania English maternal health Millennium Development Goals UNFPA Thu, 14 Feb 2008 22:09:24 +0000 262 at http://endpoverty2015.org Stand up speak out - Arab Region http://endpoverty2015.org/en/node/213 http://endpoverty2015.org/en/node/213#comments End Hunger Arab Region Universal Education Gender Equity Child Health Maternal Health Combat HIV/AIDS Environmental Sustainability Global Partnership poverty Stand up speak out Fri, 08 Feb 2008 21:59:09 +0000 admin 213 at http://endpoverty2015.org South-South Cooperation Key to MDGs Achievement http://endpoverty2015.org/en/africanews/south-south-cooperation-key-mdgs-achievement/30/dec/07 <p>&#8220;Despite significant progress in the South, the pattern of cooperation has not been commensurate with the comprehensive nature of the commitments contained in the various declarations and other documents on South-South cooperation,&#8221; Ambassador Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations, told <span class="caps">IPS</span>. &#8220;The existing capabilities and capacities in the South have not been adequately acknowledged and utilised,&#8221; he added.</p> <p>For its part, the government of Qatar has been very active in promoting South-South cooperation. Most recently, the High Level Meeting on Oil and Gas Development was hosted by Qatar and held in Doha from Sep. 8-10, 2007. The meeting brought together senior officials from 42 countries of Africa, Asia and Latin America and from United Nations agencies and international organisations with the objective of sharing experiences among the petroleum-exporting countries of the South.</p> <p>In June 2005, the government of Qatar hosted the Second South Summit, a meeting of world leaders from the 132 developing nations, who discussed strengthening their partnership.</p> <p>Al-Nasser currently serves as the president of the High-level Committee on South-South Cooperation. <span class="caps">IPS</span> U.N. correspondent Mithre J. Sandrasagra recently interviewed Al-Nasser:</p> <p>IPS: Why is South-South cooperation increasingly important to the world’s developing nations? Can South-South cooperation be viewed from a development angle rather than a political angle?</p> <p>Ambassador Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser: South-South Cooperation derives its importance from the fact that sustained economic growth since the late 1980s has led an increasing number of developing countries to become regional centres of economic dynamism.</p> <p>Such importance also stems from the fact that the countries of the South can work together in solidarity to secure and share in gains from the emerging new international trade geography, and design and implement strategies to ensure that the dynamism evident in the new geography of international economic relations is sustained and has a positive multiplier effect throughout the South.</p> <p>IPS: Are there any trends indicating significant growth in trade and investments among countries of the global South?</p> <p>NAAN: The volume of trade among the countries of the South, according to 2004 statistics, has grown significantly to make up 26 percent of developing countries’ exports for that year. It is estimated that the rate has grown during 2005 to 43 percent. Moreover, the 1990s witnessed a faster growth in the South-South foreign direct investment flows than North-South flows. Apparently, the causative factor behind this was the large accumulation of financial surpluses by many developing countries through trade.</p> <p>IPS: One of the key elements of enhancing South-South cooperation is the sharing of experience and expertise. Could you share some of the successes or best practices learned during the recent High-Level meeting Qatar hosted to enable current petroleum-exporting countries share their knowledge and experience with emerging and potential oil and gas-producing nations?</p> <p>NAAN: The objective of the meeting was to share experiences and lessons learned in efficient and effective development and management of the petroleum sector, which is of crucial importance to the economies of the countries of the South in their quest for economic and social advancement, including achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Much discussion focused on ways in which existing oil- and gas-producing countries can help countries which are emerging producers to strengthen their capacities in the sector. Countries held various bilateral discussions. Some existing oil and gas producers offered to welcome emerging producers on study tours in order to share experiences on specific issues or approaches to hydrocarbon management and broader policy requirements.</p> <p>IPS: Can South-South cooperation help developing countries meet targets set by the U.N.’s MDGs, including the eradication of poverty and hunger, and the fight against HIV/AIDS?</p> <p>NAAN: South-South Cooperation is the vehicle to accelerate development as it fosters partnerships among the middle income developing countries and least developed countries, landlocked developing countries, small island developing states and countries in sub-Saharan Africa, with the view to increasing volume and rate of South-South exchanges in trade, finance, technology exchange and development enterprises. This approach will help accelerate development, thus assisting developing countries to achieve the MDGs, including halving poverty by 2015, as well as combating hunger and fighting HIV/<span class="caps">AIDS</span>.</p> <p>IPS: During the Second South Summit in 2005 His Highness Sheik Hamad Khalifa Al-Thani launched the South Fund for Development and Humanitarian Circumstances to address problems of hunger, poverty, and human catastrophes. Could you tell us what the status of the Fund is now?</p> <p>NAAN: The proposed agreement on the establishment and operationalisation of the Fund was transmitted to the Group of 77 and China in 2005. Since that time, it has been the subject of review… Many valuable comments were made and pertinent amendments to the original proposal were introduced. Nevertheless, there still remain a few points to agree upon. These points are currently under active discussions between the Group and the Qatari authorities. Once a final agreement on these points is reached, the Fund will be operationalised, without any further delay.</p> <p>IPS: The GA High-level Committee on South-South Cooperation has called upon the U.N. to mainstream South-South cooperation as a crosscutting issue at the heart of the development agenda and within its regular programmes. How is Qatar helping with this process?</p> <p>NAAN: Qatar has proved, throughout its membership in the United Nations, to be a serious member which discharges its obligations responsibly. It has unfailingly strived to live up to the ideals of the United Nations. As such, and as an active player in the international arena, it will spare no effort to help the United Nations to achieve its objectives in these areas.</p> http://endpoverty2015.org/en/africanews/south-south-cooperation-key-mdgs-achievement/30/dec/07#comments Africa Arab Region Asia Latin America &amp; the Caribbean Global Partnership Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser Qatar Role of Southern Countries south-south cooperation Sun, 30 Dec 2007 16:02:00 +0000 admin 171 at http://endpoverty2015.org High-Level Group Sets Priorities for Achievieng Education for All http://endpoverty2015.org/en/arab-regionnews/high-level-group-sets-priorities-achievieng-education-all/18/dec/07 <p>Midway to the <a href="http://endpoverty2015.org/goals">2015 target date</a> for achieving the Education for All goals, ministers, donors, and multilateral and civil society representatives committed to a set of actions for 2008 to reach excluded groups, improve education quality and increase the financing of basic education.</p> <p>Meeting from 11 to 13 December in Dakar where the six Education for All goals were adopted in 2000, High-Level Group participants recognized that “we are now in a position to know better what works in basic education, but the current pace of progress is not sufficient to meet the 2015 target.”</p> <p>To guide educational policies, the High-Level Group calls upon governments to precisely map the characteristics of excluded groups, strengthen the legislative framework on the right to education and cost out what is needed to reach marginalized groups effectively.</p> <p>To promote quality, the Communiqué emphasizes three measures. First, countries must develop policies for training and recruiting large numbers of primary school teachers, with attention to their career development. Second, they must take a comprehensive approach by focusing on curriculum, pedagogy, gender equality, language of instruction, textbooks and adequate facilities. Third, policies are required to assure that children are ready for learning, calling for higher participation in early childhood care and education, and access to health and nutrition programmes in school.</p> <p>Stating that domestic resourcing typically accounts for most of the education budget, the Communiqué calls on national governments to allocate 10% of their budgets to basic education.</p> <p>Expressing concern at the decline in external aid to education in 2005 and of the annual external funding gap of US$11 billion, the group pledged “to work to maintain and increase levels of funding to education and basic education,” and to prioritize low-income, fragile, emergency and conflict-affected States.</p> <p>At a time when global issues are competing for funds and exposure, the High-Level Group stressed the urgency of raising the profile of basic education on the international development agenda through key global and regional meetings in 2008 (e.g. the G8) and communication initiatives. The positive impact of basic education on public health and other international development goals must be consistently highlighted.</p> <p>The High-Level Group is convened annually by <a href="http://www.unesco.org">UNESCO</a> to generate new political and financial support in favour of the <span class="caps">EFA</span> goals. This seventh meeting was attended by the five convening agencies of the Dakar World Education Forum in 2000 (<span class="caps">UNESCO</span>, &#8220;UNDP&#8220;http://www.undp.org, UNICEF&#8220;http://www.unicef.org&#8221;, <a href="http://www.unfpa.org">UNFPA</a>", <a href="http://www.worldbank.org">World Bank</a>) plus the World Food Programme, education ministers from around the world, bilateral donors, representatives from civil society, the private sector and the next G-8 host country (Japan).</p> <p>During the opening of the meeting, President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal outlined his country’s efforts to expand access (15,000 new classrooms since 2000) and improve quality (national early childhood education programme, free distribution of textbooks, new teacher training colleges), while children from India, Colombia and Senegal, surrounded by hundreds of school children, called upon the High Level Group to “keep your promises to the world’s children”.</p> <p>The Government of Norway will host the next High-Level Group on <span class="caps">EFA</span> in Oslo from 16 to 18 December 2008.</p> http://endpoverty2015.org/en/arab-regionnews/high-level-group-sets-priorities-achievieng-education-all/18/dec/07#comments Arab Region Universal Education Dakar education for all UNESCO Tue, 18 Dec 2007 20:37:48 +0000 admin 167 at http://endpoverty2015.org