End Poverty 2015 - Millennium Development Goals http://endpoverty2015.org/en/taxonomy/term/239/0 en Parliaments Must Be Strong Inclusive Leaders in the Fight Against Poverty in Africa http://endpoverty2015.org/en/african-parliamentarian-meeting-on-mdgs-day-2 A second day of parliamentary debates in Addis Ababa turned to key issues of accountability, leadership and oversight of parliaments across the continent as parliamentarians from Ghana, Philippines and Burkina Faso opened the session by pointing to cases of strong hands on parliamentary oversight in their own countries that led to concrete progress on the MDGs. <br> <br> The honourable representative from Ghana recounted that <i>“our parliamentary committee has made field visits to monitor government health interventions and also visited, our school feeding programme, to ensure that oversight is not just on paper and that we really are really controlling if and how programmes are being implemented.“</i> <br> <br> Stories of parliamentary work from all over the world was shared, highlighting the leadership of the Philippines parliament in the fight against corruption, the bipartisan support showed by the Spanish parliament for the MDGs, and the engagement in the Caribbean region. <i>“Challenges in your continent and our continent are not that different. So let’s learn and work together.”</i> Said congresswoman Salit of the Philippines. <br> <br> Lively participation throughout the day from parliamentarians from Cameroon, Ethiopia, Mali, Gabon, Uganda, Tanzania, Senegal, the Gambia, Malawi, Ghana and Kenya among others shaped a consensus; parliaments must invest greater efforts in reinforcing accountability, both in their oversight function to government but – most importantly- towards citizens , with greater transparency and listening. Parliaments are also accountable for achieving the MDGs. <br> <br> As cross cutting issues of sustainability, resilience, inequality, gender, governance, security and human rights present additional challenges, parliamentarians agreed that the key to making a difference will be inclusiveness. All must take part and feel responsible for achieving the MDGs and shaping the future we want after 2015. <br> <br> “There should be partnership between parliament, government, civil society, private sector, and it must include women and young people. It should start with greater integration in school curriculum so our children can have ownership for the fight against poverty and the development debates” said the honourable representative of Senegal. <br> <br> <strong> <a href="http://www.endpoverty2015.org/files/Parliamentary Conference Newsletter.pdf">Click Here</a> to view the daily briefing from the All African Parliamentary Conference on the MDGs</strong> http://endpoverty2015.org/en/african-parliamentarian-meeting-on-mdgs-day-2#comments Africa Global English African Network of Parliamentarians on the MDGs MDGs Millennium Development Goals Wed, 23 May 2012 23:00:26 +0000 zachhongola 1321 at http://endpoverty2015.org We Have No Excuse For Africa To Fail http://endpoverty2015.org/en/african-parliamentarian-meeting-on-mdgs-day-1 <img src="http://www.endpoverty2015.org/files/Africa Parliament Photo 1.png" alt="" height="350" width="450" /> <br> <br> <strong>150 African parliamentarians underline their strong commitment and key role in delivering the MDGs</strong> <br> <br> Parliamentarians have a key role to play in the future of Africa; looking at budgets, providing scrutiny and oversight of government and more importantly, representing citizens with the force of their own convictions. And it is a role they are increasingly willing to take on. <br> <br> So said Said Adejumobi, Head of Governance and Public Administration Division of UN Economic Commission for Africa in the opening day of the All Africa Parliamentary Conference being held in Addis Ababa which brought together over 200 parliamentarians from all political leanings and 20 African countries united in their committed to accelerating progress to achieving the MDGs. <br> <br> In the opening session Corinne Woods, Global Director of the United Nations Millennium Campaign underlined that “Parliamentarians are going to be crucial in the realization of the MDGs…they can ensure that promises made are promises kept.” <br> <br> However, in spite of the knowledge sharing, and the passion and the commitment to the MDGs shared by all parliamentarians, important challenges still persist, as representatives from a cross section of African countries vividly explained. Democratic governance, lax tax systems which fail to generate local resources, weak institutions, donor dependency which compromises national ownership and lack of a shared vision for Africa were quoted by the representatives as major challenges. <br> <br> Nevertheless, progress has been made on the MDGs in Africa- for example, according to the MDG Report 2011 Burundi, Madagascar, Rwanda, Togo and the United Republic of Tanzania have achieved or are nearing the goal of universal primary education. Considerable progress has also been made in Benin, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Guinea, Mali, Mozambique and Niger. <br> <br> And with parliamentarians from across the continent fully engaged, clear policies for delivering the MDGs identified and resources are available, as the Honourable Alhassan Ado Garba from Nigeria Chair of the African Network of Parliamentarian for the MDGs said “We have no excuse for Africa to fail." <br> <br> <strong>UN Millennium Campaign Director, Corinne Woods, on the importance of Parliamentarians for implementation of the MDGs:</strong> <br> <br> <iframe title="YouTube video player" width="480" height="390" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/bH6cTrtczOY?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> http://endpoverty2015.org/en/african-parliamentarian-meeting-on-mdgs-day-1#comments Africa Global Universal Education English African Network of Parliamentarians on the MDGs MDGs Millennium Development Goals Tue, 22 May 2012 20:27:54 +0000 zachhongola 1320 at http://endpoverty2015.org The African Network of Parliamentarians on the MDGs Meets in Addis Ababa Ethiopia http://endpoverty2015.org/en/african-parliamentarian-meeting-on-mdgs-may-21 <img src="http://www.endpoverty2015.org/files/AMDG Parliament Photo.jpg" alt="" height="294" width="490" /> <br> <br> <strong> “Parliaments are key for ensuring the achievement of the MDGs in Africa. Where parliaments are active they make a huge difference to implementing the MDGs. Africa is proof.” - Charles Abugre, Africa Director of the UN Millennium Campaign </strong> <br> <br> The meeting of the African Networks of Parliamentarians on the MDGs started today at United Nations Conference Centre in Addis Ababa. Organized by the UN Millennium Campaign, the ‘All Africa Parliamentary Conference on the Millennium Development Goals and Post-2015 Development agenda’ will run from May 22-24. <br> <br> The Chair of the Steering Committee, Mr. Alhassan Ado Garba from Nigeria welcomed all participants which have come from Nigeria, Mozambique, Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Mali, Tchad, Niger, Rwanda and observers from Asian parliaments, emphasizing the importance of The Africa Network of Parliamentarians on the MDGs as a platform for sharing experiences across the continent and driving greater oversight for delivering on the MDGs. <br> <br> Mr. Tekele Tessema from the House of Peoples Representatives of Ethiopia welcomed participants and encouraged all to start with sharing ideas, putting those ideas into to practice and scaling them up across the continent. <br> <br> Since 2010 the steering committee of the Network has undertaken advocacy trips to Senegal, Ghana, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Uganda to explain the importance of an African network of parliamentarians actively supporting the Millennium Development Goals. The main focus of this unique and effective network is to roll out shared strategy across all parliaments of Africa to promote MDGs in Africa, assess National Development Plans and harmonize with targets of MDGs, ensure monitoring of engagement, indentify moments of actions when Members of Parliaments can push policy, highlight the interconnections between MDGs, share best practices and brainstorm on measure to ensure Africa parliaments have a voice. <br> <br> The network recently decided to organize an Africa-wide assembly to ensure all of African parliaments take part in campaigning for 2015 and thinking what development agenda should look like beyond 2015. <br> <br> We will continue to bring you updates on this meeting throughout the week. http://endpoverty2015.org/en/african-parliamentarian-meeting-on-mdgs-may-21#comments Africa Global English Addis Ababa African Network of Parliamentarians on the MDGs MDGs Millennium Development Goals Mon, 21 May 2012 20:13:54 +0000 zachhongola 1319 at http://endpoverty2015.org Corruption Blocks Development Goals http://endpoverty2015.org/en/corruption-blocks-mdgs Twelve years ago at the start of the new millennium, the international community agreed on a set of development goals to improve health standards and reduce poverty among the world's poorest people. The deadline was 2015, but three years ahead of schedule, Africa is assessing its progress. And despite some advances, there is still a major stumbling block corruption. CCTV Correspondent Chima Nwankwo reports from Nigeria. <br> <br> The prognosis is good. In the year 2000, all 193 United Nations member states agreed to achieve 8 developmental objectives bordering on eradicating extreme poverty, reducing child mortality rates, fighting disease, and developing a global partnership for development by 2015. 3 years shy of the deadline Africa has already achieved 4 of the 8 MDGs. <br> <br> Charles Abugre, Africa Director of UN Millennium Campaign, said, "We are quite close to achieving some of the goals. Goals 2, 3, and 4 are achievable. Every country on the continent will achieve at least 2 goals." <br> <br> While much of the assistance that is enabling Africa find its feet is based on foreign Direct Investment, research shows that for every dollar of aid that is spent in Africa,10 dollars leaves by way of capital flight through illicit financial flows. Conflict is another issue that weakens local micro economies and effectively ensures that the continent gets caught and stays in what Economist "Jeffrey Sachs calls the poverty trap." <br> <br> Nelson Muffuh, Regional Coordinator of UN Millennium Campaign, said, "Corruption is having a negative impact but we are working with stakeholders to ensure that we can do something between now and 2015." <br> <br> Auwal Rafsanjani, civil society activist, said, "Corruption is corruption. There are all types of corruption." <br> <br> In an age where people are seduced by fancy figures and snazzy. Power point presentations, the UNMDGs office believes it is time for African Leaders to look inwards for solutions to homegrown problems and revive the real sector of the economy. <br> <br> CCTV's Chima Nwankwo said, "But while the picture appears rosy, corruption has proven a stumbling block. Graft notwithstanding, countries appear to be on track in attaining the Millennium Development Goals with miles to spare. What is coming to light now is that the UN may have set its sights a bit low. Like motivational experts like to say, whatever you do think big." <br> <br> For an accompanying video please <a href="http://english.cntv.cn/program/newsupdate/20120312/117916.shtml">click here</a>. <br> <br> For the original article posted by CNTV <a href="http://english.cntv.cn/program/newsupdate/20120312/117416.shtml">click here</a>. http://endpoverty2015.org/en/corruption-blocks-mdgs#comments English Corruption MDGs Millennium Development Goals Tue, 20 Mar 2012 19:22:42 +0000 zachhongola 1316 at http://endpoverty2015.org G8 action urged to avert six million mother and child deaths every year http://endpoverty2015.org/en/africa/news/g8-action-urged-avert-six-million-mother-and-child-deaths-every-year/21/apr/08 <p>The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn &amp; Child Health has called on G8 leaders to fulfil their previous commitments to global health and commit to new, long-term financing for essential interventions that could avert the deaths of over 6 million mothers, newborns and children every year. </p> <p>The statement calls for an additional $10.2 billion annually, the estimated cost to ensure universal coverage of basic services needed to achieve <a href="http://www.endpoverty2015.org/goals/child-health">Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4</a> and &#8220;5&#8220;http://www.endpoverty2015.org/goals/maternal-health on reducing child death and improving maternal health by 2015, respectively. </p> &#8220;The world is expecting G8 leaders to show the way in confronting this health crisis faced by millions of mothers and children who do not have access to essential care&#8221; said Jeffrey Mecaskey, a representative of the Save the Children Alliance. &#8220;The Countdown report gives us all the information we need. We can achieve MDGs 4 and 5, it&#8217;s simply a question of making the right political choices. <p>The global call for funding was issued at a conference held in Cape Town, South Africa to discuss the implications of the 2008 report, Countdown to 2015: Tracking Progress in Maternal, Newborn &amp; Child Survival, in advance of the G8 Summit to be hosted by the Government of Japan in July. </p> <p>&#8220;Nigeria and other African nations are making genuine political commitments to reduce maternal and child mortality but we face substantial challenges and competing priorities&#8221; said the Honourable Saudatu Sani, a Parliamentarian from the Federal Republic of Nigeria participating in the Countdown conference. &#8220;I therefore call on G8 leaders to match our commitment by increasing donor support for strengthening health systems in Africa. This mutual engagement is critical to reach the MDGs.&#8221;</p> <p>The Partnership brings together more than 240 member organizations from around the world working on child survival and maternal health, and the statement addresses not just G8 nations, but all donor governments and business leaders. While donor funding for maternal, newborn and child health has increased significantly in the past few years, from $2.1 billion in 2003 to </p> <p>almost $3.5 billion in 2006, it remains far below the total funding needs of the 68 countries identified as accounting for 97 per cent of maternal and child deaths worldwide. </p> <p>According to the most recent data, donor aid for health averaged $7 per child and $12 per live birth in the 68 Countdown countries. This is far less than the $45 per person, which is the minimum needed for governments to ensure access to basic health services. Long-term donor assistance is therefore critical to closing the gap. The statement also calls for a &#8220;reallocation of national resources to benefit women and children, especially in countries with significant economic prospects where resources can be mobilized&#8221;. </p> <p>&#8220;Japan has shown critical leadership in the past to improve health and human security in the world&#8217;s poorer countries&#8221; noted Ann Starrs, President of Family Care International. &#8220;The Countdown to 2015 findings announced in Cape Town provide a clear blueprint for action. What we need now are political leadership and investment in services which save lives. G8 leaders must show the way at their 2008 Hokkaido Summit, but this is a long term undertaking requiring high level commitment from both North and South.&#8221;</p> <p>The 2000 Okinawa G8 Summit launched the Okinawa Infectious Diseases Initiative that led to the establishment of the Global Fund to Fight <span class="caps">AIDS</span>, TB and Malaria, which has since committed over US$10 billion in 136 countries to help fight these diseases.</p> http://endpoverty2015.org/en/africa/news/g8-action-urged-avert-six-million-mother-and-child-deaths-every-year/21/apr/08#comments Africa Maternal Health English child death maternal health Millennium Development Goals Mon, 21 Apr 2008 16:59:53 +0000 admin 333 at http://endpoverty2015.org African campaigners unite in call for more action against poverty http://endpoverty2015.org/en/africa/news/african-campaigners-unite-call-more-action-against-poverty/08/apr/08 <p>Representatives drawn from more than thirty countries debated various instruments for attaining good coordination in Africa and proceeded to nominate regional representatives who will serve on Africa’s governing council, a new organ that replaces the old facilitation team. Some of the recommendations made directly touched on what should be done in order for this structure to effectively work with a secretariat that they identified as severely limited in its human-power base at the moment.<br /> Reviewing a proposed three-year strategic plan that is meant to guide activities of the Secretariat up to 2010, the participants strongly felt that issues of coordination, impact of campaign at the national level, deepening African ownership and effective mobilization must be given serious attention. In an effort to carving out niche areas for the African secretariat, national coalition partners kept on emphasizing that a number of their campaigns targeted national governments and expected a revamped African secretariat to project the African voice in the relevant platforms. <br /> The meeting that was held against the background of the December UN Millennium Campaign strategic retreat in Mombasa, Kenya and the January West Africa national coalitions consultations that were held in Burkina Faso, did not find it difficult to endorse plans of actions from many menus that were on the table.<br /> Some of the important moments Africa put on the table were Africa Union Summit in Egypt, Africa day, day of the African child and Stand Up campaign. On international opportunities presented by <span class="caps">UNCTAD</span> and the Aid Effectiveness meetings to be held in Ghana, it was emphasized that the <a href="http://whiteband.org">GCAP</a> interventions should consolidate initiatives and positions that were captured in the issues papers presented at meeting. <br /> Working groups were set up to follow up work in these areas and for the <span class="caps">UNCTAD</span> process, all were urged to rally behind organizations that had already registered through the Accra-based <span class="caps">TWN</span> Africa mobilizing African CSOs to participate in the forum.<br /> One working group will also focus on the high level forum scheduled for September 2008 that will take place in New York where heads of state will once again review progress on implementing pro-poor policies and programmes aligned to <span class="caps">MDGS</span> and the agreed targets arising from the commitments they made in the Millennium declaration.<br /> During the presentations on the regional activities covering East Africa, Southern Africa, West And Central Africa, it was not easy to identify specific policy demands that coalitions were seeking positive shifts from governments and international institutions. The predominant line was that all were seeking ways of making sure that Governments meet and exceed <a href="http://www.endpoverty2015.org">MDGS</a> before 2015. <br /> The meeting successfully portrayed activities that otherwise had gone unnoticed in the formal reporting and this was particularly the case for countries like <span class="caps">DRC</span>, Cameroon, Rwanda and the Gambia.</p> http://endpoverty2015.org/en/africa/news/african-campaigners-unite-call-more-action-against-poverty/08/apr/08#comments Africa End Hunger English Aid effectiveness free trade Millennium Development Goals Tue, 08 Apr 2008 20:11:03 +0000 admin 326 at http://endpoverty2015.org CONGDE: Spain and other rich countries break MDG promises http://endpoverty2015.org/en/europe/news/congde-spain-and-other-rich-countries-break-mdg-promises/08/apr/08 <p>Release of the official development assistance provisional figures in 2007 shows an alarming situation. Development assistance from <span class="caps">OECD</span> countries fell 8.4% this last year. In 2007, 103.655 millions of dollars were earmarked; although it could seem a similar quantity to the 104.421 from 2006, it’s just equivalent to the inflate and exchange rate fixing 95.605 in constant terms in 2006.<br /> These figures from 2007 show once again how rich countries do not commit to their promises of financing development in the poorest countries, and if they do not take urgent actions, the <a href="http://www.endpoverty2015.org">Millennium Development Goals</a> will not be reached. Just five countries give 0.7% of their <span class="caps">GNI</span> (Gross National Income) to ODA- Norway, Sweden, Luxembourg, Denmark and Holland.<br /> From the 22 countries that belong to the Development Assistance Committee (<span class="caps">DAC</span>), 9 have raised their assistance and 13 have fallen. Spain has raised its assistance 33.8%, which makes it the seventh world donor in absolute terms, and the ninth in effort rate terms, earmarking 0.41% <span class="caps">GNI</span> for <span class="caps">ODA</span>, although it is still far from the promised 0.7%.<br /> Spanish <span class="caps">ODA</span> rise is due in part to the great political and social consensus reached on development cooperation and fight against poverty, declared with the sign of the State Agreement against Poverty on behalf of all parties with parliamentary representation on the 19th December 2007. This consensus must be the basis to keep on rising assistance until reaching 0.5% <span class="caps">GNI</span>, just as stated in the Director Plan and in the State Budges for 2008, reaching 0.7% by 2012.<br /> Within the next years, Spanish cooperation should put the assistance rise together with its practice, more oriented to less developed countries, especially those in Sub-Saharan Africa, more vulnerable organizations, and basic social services that have a direct effect in reducing poverty and reaching the Millennium Development Goals.<br /> The II International Conference on Financing for Development will take place in Doha (Qatar) from 29th November till 2nd December. The international community will have the chance to launch again development assistance and reach the Millennium Development Goals by 2015 and the Millennium Declaration, which was approved by 189 countries and signed by 147 Heads of State and Government in 2000.<br /> From civil society, we appeal to all citizens to demand their own governments the achievements of the international approved commitments.</p> http://endpoverty2015.org/en/europe/news/congde-spain-and-other-rich-countries-break-mdg-promises/08/apr/08#comments Europe Global Partnership English Development Millennium Development Goals Tue, 08 Apr 2008 20:01:50 +0000 admin 325 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 Leaders call to Action on the Millennium Development Goals http://endpoverty2015.org/en/node/221 http://endpoverty2015.org/en/node/221#comments End Hunger Universal Education Gender Equity Child Health Europe Maternal Health Combat HIV/AIDS Environmental Sustainability Global Partnership Davos Millennium Development Goals Fri, 08 Feb 2008 22:37:16 +0000 admin 221 at http://endpoverty2015.org Achieving the Millennium Development Goals http://endpoverty2015.org/en/node/220 English equality hunger malaria maternal health Millennium Development Goals poverty Fri, 08 Feb 2008 22:32:45 +0000 admin 220 at http://endpoverty2015.org