End Poverty 2015 - Oceania http://endpoverty2015.org/en/taxonomy/term/15/0 en MDG Community Outreach Conducted in Fiji http://endpoverty2015.org/en/end-hunger/news/mdg-community-outreach-conducted-fiji/12/oct/10 The Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) and the UN Millennium Campaign have just conducted a Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) community outreach program in the Navua/Deuba area in Fiji, close to capital city of Suva. <br><br> The outreach program attracted close to 50 youth from the Serua/Namosi province. <br><br> The program, which has been targeted at scaling up citizen monitoring of the Millennium Development Goals at the local level, has been described as a success by participants. <br><br> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/standagainstpoverty/5075510930/" title="GOJYOUTH1 by Stand Up and Take Action, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4128/5075510930_1f720ddf5d.jpg" width="500" height="369" alt="GOJYOUTH1" /></a> PINA Manager and Training Coordinator Matai Akauola said the program brought together secondary and tertiary school students and the unemployed. <br><br> “Most of these young people were able to learn and get a clear picture of what the MDGs were all about and how they can contribute towards helping achieve the various goals. The unemployed were encouraged to seek employment or get into some sort of vocational education and get a trade or else till the land while those still in school were to make sure they succeed in life,’’ said Akauola. <br><br> Participants were given the Mini MDG booklet produced by the UN Millennium Campaign and PINA in the build-up to last month’s “Stand Up” campaign and world leaders’ summit on the MDGs in New York. <br><br> “What we are doing is taking the message outside the urban centers and down to the rural areas, and where better to start then with our young people who in one way or the other could be affected by one or several of these MDGs in the next five years,” Akauola said. <br><br> “We also had practical work straight after the teaching focusing on Goal 7 of protecting our environment, by picking up rubbish along the road on the main Suva/Nadi highway between Navua and Deuba.” <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/standagainstpoverty/5075511130/" title="GOJYOUTH5 by Stand Up and Take Action, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4107/5075511130_ef42b6c31a.jpg" width="500" height="314" alt="GOJYOUTH5" /></a> End Hunger Global Universal Education Gender Equity Child Health Maternal Health Combat HIV/AIDS Environmental Sustainability Oceania Global Partnership English Fiji Tue, 12 Oct 2010 14:50:12 +0000 Miki 1090 at http://endpoverty2015.org Children Stand Up for MDGs http://endpoverty2015.org/en/end-hunger/news/children-stand-mdgs/30/sep/10 <p>As dawn broke over Kok, Papua New Guinea last Friday, 300 children and their teachers and friends gathered at Ela Beach in Port Moresby to welcome the new day by showing their support for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Their motivation for getting up at 4:30am, and even camping out at their school for the Dawn Service, was to remember the eight goals that world leaders from Papua New Guinea and 188 other member states of the United Nations committed to in 2000 and agreed to achieve by 2010. The goals are aimed at improving the lives of the world’s poorest. </p> <p>While most were still in bed, these children joined citizens around the world in observing the ‘Stand Up Take Action, Make a Noise for the MDGs’ campaign to remind the government and other world leaders of their promise to make Papua New Guinea and our world a better place for all. The Stand Up campaign took place on the eve of the three day Global <span class="caps">MDG</span> Review summit which began at the UN General Assembly in New York on September 20. </p> <p>Bishop Douglas Young, Catholic Archbishop of Mount Hagen, Bertrand Desmoulins, <span class="caps">UNICEF</span> Country Representative and acting UN Resident Coordinator, and other UN officials and civil society leaders joined the children in the Stand Up event. Bishop Douglas and Bertrand spoke to the children about the MDGs and the promise that their achievement holds for women and children and other marginalized groups, urging the government to do what is necessary to achieve the MDGs. Captain John Kerari, Chairman of the Civil Society Coalition, said: “The MDGs are achievable, if our leaders do the right thing. This means providing the political will and leadership, ensuring MDGs are integrated into our national plans, and providing adequate funding for MDGs. We can achieve the <span class="caps">MDGS</span>, if we all work together.”</p> End Hunger Global Universal Education Gender Equity Child Health Maternal Health Combat HIV/AIDS Environmental Sustainability Oceania Global Partnership English Thu, 30 Sep 2010 15:56:17 +0000 Miki 1073 at http://endpoverty2015.org Anti Poverty Campaigners Bring Stand Up to Streets of Melbourne http://endpoverty2015.org/en/end-hunger/news/anti-poverty-campaigners-bring-stand-streets-melbourne/29/sep/10 <p> On Saturday September 18, a fantastic group of Melbourne Make Poverty History volunteers met in the city to hold a Stand Up Flash mob in the middle of the central business district. Armed with musical instruments, whistles and pots to bang, the volunteers spread themselves out through the Bourke Street mall, chatting, window shopping and melting into the general shopping crowd.<br /> <br /> As the clocked ticked to 1:00 pm, the &quot;flashmobbers&quot; scattered amongst the Saturday shoppers began to blow whistles and make noise for the Millennium Development Goals.</p> <p> Much to the surprise of the people in the mall, the flash mob then converged around two African drummers (who had been sitting quietly until that point) and they all began to dance and make a rhythmic beat with an odd selection of instruments.</p> <p> <img height="333" src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4111/5036546452_488a0c04d9.jpg" width="500" /></p> <p> <br /> Then drummers stood up and lead the way from one end of the mall to the other as more and more &quot;flashmobbers&quot; came out of the crowd and joined in. They converged at the end of the mall.<br /> <br /> One volunteer, Hamish, stood up with a megaphone and read out the Stand Up pledge. The startled and amused crowd listened intently as Hamish spoke with great passion about why the anti-poverty campaigners were there. He proudly told all that they would continue to make noise and refuse to stay &quot;seated and silent in the face of global poverty and our leaders&#39; broken promises.&quot;<br /> He urged world leaders meeting in New York to come up with a plan to achieve the MDGs and to set about keeping their promises to those people living in extreme poverty.</p> <p> <img height="304" src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4150/5035929059_a144c5c2d9.jpg" width="500" /><br /> <br /> The crowd cheered and the volunteers broke out into dancing and chanting all the way back up the mall and, unexpectedly, all the way down Swanston Street to the steps of the State Library, where they broke into laughter and cheers at what they had just done.</p> <p> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/standagainstpoverty/5036546826/">Click HERE for more PHOTOS &gt;&gt;</a></p> End Hunger Global Universal Education Gender Equity Child Health Maternal Health Combat HIV/AIDS Environmental Sustainability Oceania Global Partnership English Wed, 29 Sep 2010 15:02:00 +0000 chiara 1069 at http://endpoverty2015.org Hundreds March in Suva for MDGs http://endpoverty2015.org/en/end-hunger/news/hundreds-march-suva-mdgs/21/sep/10 <p>This is the message echoed by hundreds of people, young and old, who turned up for the &#8220;Stand Up, Take Action, Make Noise&#8221; march in Suva. The march aimed to create more awareness that world leaders must realize that more needs to be done in order to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015.</p> <p>Nearly 100 people from all walks of life took part in the march which started from the Flea Market and ended at the Sukuna Park in Suva. A “Rugby Against Poverty” match was organized on the University of South Pacific campus, with hundreds of spectators who also Stood Up in support of the accelerated achievement of the MDGs.<br /> The march coincided with similar events held all over the world as part of &#8220;Stand Up.&#8221; </p> End Hunger Global Universal Education Gender Equity Child Health Maternal Health Combat HIV/AIDS Environmental Sustainability Oceania Global Partnership English Tue, 21 Sep 2010 15:30:01 +0000 chiara 1049 at http://endpoverty2015.org MDGs Success Stories from Fiji http://endpoverty2015.org/en/end-hunger/news/mdgs-success-stories-fiji/17/sep/10 <p>The videos were produced by UNDP and UNMC Pacific in partnership with the government of Fiji and Fiji TV (the first permanent television broadcasting network in the country). They illustrate the success stories of the MDG implementation in the country, taking stock of the achievements as well as challenges in the past so that the lessons learned will lead to accelerated progress towards achievement of the MDGs for all.</p> <p>These documentaries are also supplementary to the development of the Fijian Government's official MDG Report, which is currently under finalisation.</p> <p>The videos have been aired on Fiji TV and will be further broadcasted to other Pacific Island Countries under the coverage of Fiji TV.</p> <p><object width="300" height="250"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/JA4Ha8UCYJY?fs=1&hl=en_US"/><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"/><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/JA4Ha8UCYJY?fs=1&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="300" height="250"></embed></object></p> <p><object width="300" height="250"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/J1ArfHQ1Zbo?fs=1&hl=en_US"/><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"/><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/J1ArfHQ1Zbo?fs=1&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="300" height="250"></embed></object></p> End Hunger Global Universal Education Gender Equity Child Health Maternal Health Combat HIV/AIDS Environmental Sustainability Oceania Global Partnership English Fri, 17 Sep 2010 15:37:17 +0000 chiara 1034 at http://endpoverty2015.org Millennium Campaign Deputy Director for Asia Discusses Impact of Financial Crisis on World’s Poor http://endpoverty2015.org/en/global/resource/millennium-campaign-deputy-director-asia-discusses-impact-financial-crisis-world%E2%80%99s-poor <p>July 9, 2009 – Minar Pimple warns on <span class="caps">SBS</span> national radio in Australia that progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goals, and in particular the eradication of hunger, is now in danger of reversal.</p> Global Radio Oceania English Thu, 09 Jul 2009 20:05:00 +0000 Miki 841 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 At UN conference, small island countries seek action on climate change http://endpoverty2015.org/en/latin-america-caribbeannews/un-conference-small-island-countries-seek-action-climate-change/09/dec/0 <p>Small island States today called on industrialized countries to take a leadership role at the Bali Climate Change Conference and adopt targets to keep the world from warming past the point where catastrophic impacts would occur.</p> <p>“No island should be left behind,” said Angus Friday of Grenada, the Chairman of the Alliance of Small Island States. These vulnerable countries, he said, are already feeling the impact of climate change in the form of more hurricanes, cyclone and typhoons.</p> <p>Grenada, once deemed to be safe from hurricanes, has been devastated twice in the last seven years causing damage that amounted to 200 per cent of the country&#8217;s gross domestic product, he said. Countries such as the Maldives were already spending considerable sums on adaptation efforts, which include building 14 “safe islands,” he added, calling for the Bali meeting to support the launch of an adaptation fund.</p> <p>The conference ended its first week with negotiations in full swing on key issues. According to Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Climate Change Convention, Bali has to deliver on several issues of importance to developing countries, including adaptation, transfer of climate friendly technology, strengthened capacity building and progress on reducing emissions due to deforestation. In addition, he said, Bali needs to launch a process beyond 2012 when the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol expires.</p> <p>The negotiations, Mr. de Boer said, seemed to be progressing well on a number of fronts. With Rajendra Pachauri formally presenting the report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to the Conference yesterday, Mr. de Boer said he believes the message of the report is “loud and clear” and that is to “act now.”</p> <p>Today was also &#8216;Forest Day&#8217; in Bali, a day-long event by the Center for International Research on Forests to help inform the Climate Change Conference process on deforestation issues. Deforestation in developing countries causes roughly 20 per cent of the greenhouse gas emissions.</p> <p>The Bali Conference is presently discussing methods to design a comprehensive plan to reduce emissions from deforestation in developing countries that may include assessments in changes in forest cover, how to demonstrate reductions in deforestation emissions, and how to estimate the amount of emission reduction.</p> <p>“These are very important first steps for fighting emissions from deforestation,” Mr. de Boer told the Forest Day meeting. “They will provide a good basis for further action.”</p> <p>He pointed out that forests worldwide contain more than the amount of carbon in the entire atmosphere. “Cutting them down immediately releases carbon stored in the forest carbon pools as CO2 emissions.”</p> http://endpoverty2015.org/en/latin-america-caribbeannews/un-conference-small-island-countries-seek-action-climate-change/09/dec/0#comments Latin America &amp; the Caribbean Environmental Sustainability Oceania Bali climate change small island states Sun, 09 Dec 2007 05:47:22 +0000 admin 154 at http://endpoverty2015.org Prime Minsiter Rudd Affirms MDGs Commitment http://endpoverty2015.org/en/environmental-sustainabilitynews/prime-minsiter-rudd-affirms-mdgs-commitment/03/dec/07 <p>New Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, affirmed the importance of the <a href="/goals">Millennium Development Goals</a> in his first press conference since the Federal election.</p> <p>When describing his post-election conversations with world leaders, Mr Rudd declared that climate change and the challenge of achieving the Millennium Development Goals were two key areas he wished to work on.</p> <p>&#8220;I look forward, generally, to working with the British Government in the future on a range of foreign policy measures across the world. I note in particular Prime Minister Brown’s emphasis on both climate change and on the importance of achieving progress on the Millennium Development Goals, across the developing world.&#8221;</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.endpoverty2015.org">UN Millennium Campaign</a> welcomes Mr. Rudd&#8217;s commitment to the MDGs. Erna Witoelar, Special Ambassador for the MDGs in Asia and the Pacific, told reporters:</p> <p>&#8220;PM-elect Kevin Rudd is good news for MDGs achievements and climate change solutions in the region. Australia has shown goodwill in improving their Goal 8 commitments by untying their aid, to Timor Leste, Papua New Guinea and some Pacific countries and opening up more trade and job opportunities. I&#8217;m hopeful that Rudd&#8217;s leadership will continue to improve Australia&#8217;s aid and support for the MDGs.&#8221;</p> <p>Mr. Rudd showed the sincerity of his commitment by recently announcing that Australia will join the Kyoto Protocol and encouraging other governments to follow Australia&#8217;s lead.</p> http://endpoverty2015.org/en/environmental-sustainabilitynews/prime-minsiter-rudd-affirms-mdgs-commitment/03/dec/07#comments Environmental Sustainability Oceania Global Partnership Bali climate change MDGs Tue, 04 Dec 2007 02:36:00 +0000 admin 151 at http://endpoverty2015.org