End Poverty 2015 - English http://endpoverty2015.org/en/taxonomy/term/284/0 en UN MILLENNIUM CAMPAIGN CALLS FOR JOINT EUROPEAN ACTION TO ENSURE AID COMMITMENTS ARE MET AND AVOID A DEEPENING POVERTY CRISIS http://endpoverty2015.org/en/france/news/un-millennium-campaign-calls-joint-european-action-ensure-aid-commitments-are-met-and-avoid-deepenin/15/nov/08 <p>(STRASBOURG, November 15th) More than 1 million Europeans mobilized on October 17th --the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty -- under the Stand Up and Take Action initiative, to ask their Governments to keep their commitments on increasing aid quantity and quality, debt relief, and trade opportunities that will help poor countries to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). With this strong message, the United Nations Millennium Campaign (UNMC) is participating in<a href="http://www.eudevdays.eu" target="blank"> the European Development Days (EDD) in Strasbourg</a> from November 15-17. </p> <p>“The European Development Days take place when action is essential to limit the effects of the economic crisis on investment and growth in developing countries, and to secure commitments from donor countries to honour their promises on aid,” said Marina Ponti, Deputy Director, Europe of the United Nations Millennium Campaign.</p> <p>For the world’s 1.4 billion people living on less than $1.25 per day, having less purchasing power is literally a question of survival – the difference between whether their children get a meal each day or not, and whether it will be possible for them to attend school. “The amount of money that has been mobilized to face the global financial crisis has shown us that the real issue we face in combating poverty is not the availability of resources, but of political will,” said Ponti.</p> <p>Participants from EU Member States –including officials from governments and local authorities – gathering at the European Development Days will be invited to use their power, influence and voices to mobilize the political will needed to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of eight concrete goals aimed at eradicating global poverty and improving health and education by 2015 that 189 world leaders pledged to achieve.</p> <p>In order to collect messages against poverty and for the achievement of the MDGs from visitors, policy experts, international aid workers and the media, <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/32428030@N05/sets/72157609147394556/show/" target="blank">the UNMC is installing a European Commission co-branded “European Voices against Poverty” recording booth.</a> This awareness-raising tool debuted at the 2006 UN World Summit and since then has travelled to major global events to record “Voices against Poverty” and build public support for the MDGs. </p> <p>This year’s edition of the EDD will focus particularly on the critical role of local authorities in the fight against poverty and their contribution to the achievement of the MDGs. Accordingly, mayors and other local authority representatives present at the event will discuss with the delegates ways to better coordinate their strategies and actions and engage more decisively in the efforts to fulfil the MDGs.</p> <table width="60%" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tr> <td width="45" valign="middle"><img src="http://www.objectivo2015.org/imgs/fticon.png" width="35" height="28" /></td><td width="auto" valign="middle"> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/32428030@N05/sets/72157609147394556/show/" target="blank">See the photos of the event<a></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="45" valign="middle"><img src="http://www.objectivo2015.org/imgs/vdicon.png" width="40" height="31" /></td><td valign="middle"><a href="http://www.objectivo2015.org/edd08videos.htm?KeepThis=true&TB_iframe=true&height=420&width=746&modal=true" title="" class="thickbox">Watch the videos online</a></td> </tr> </table> <br> Read the Press Release from the event and learn about the Millennium Campaign’s position: France Europe Global Partnership English Sat, 15 Nov 2008 17:17:25 +0000 WebEurope 419 at http://endpoverty2015.org Food Summit calls for more investment in agriculture http://endpoverty2015.org/en/faofoodsummit <p>The Summit on soaring food prices, convened by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (<span class="caps">FAO</span>), has concluded with the adoption by acclamation of a declaration calling on the international community to increase assistance for developing countries, in particular the least developed countries and those that are most negatively affected by high food prices.</p> <p>“There is an urgent need to help developing countries and countries in transition expand agriculture and food production, and to increase investment in agriculture, agribusiness and rural development, from both public and private sources,” according to the declaration.</p> <p>Donors and international financial institutions are urged to provide “balance of payments support and/or budget support to food-importing, low-income countries. Other measures should be considered as necessary to improve the financial situation of the countries in need, including reviewing debt servicing as necessary,” it said.</p> <p><strong>More funding needed for UN agencies to expand assistance</strong></p> <p>The final declaration also called on governments to “assure” United Nations agencies “the resources to expand and enhance their food assistance and support safety net programmes to address hunger and malnutrition, when appropriate, through the use of local or regional purchases.”</p> <p>Speaking about the growing social threat from rising food prices at the opening of the Summit, <span class="caps">FAO</span> Director-General Jacques Diouf said: “What is important today is to realize that the time for talking is long past. Now is the time for action.”</p> <p><strong>World takes action</strong></p> <p><span class="caps">FAO</span> Assistant Director-General Alexander Mueller said, “Clearly this Summit has decided to act. It has called for both immediate humanitarian assistance to those hardest hit by the current food price crisis and it has taken actions that in the medium term should go a long way in considering the driving forces of food system fragility to shocks in order to reduce the number of hungry people in the world, helping us to meet the World Food Summit and Millennium Development Goals.”</p> <p>The Declaration calls for “development partners” to participate in and contribute “to international and regional initiatives on soaring food prices” and “assist countries to put in place the revised policies and measures to help farmers, particularly small-scale producers, to increase production and integrate with local, regional and international markets.”</p> <p>Also recommended by the Declaration are initiatives that “moderate unusual fluctuations” in food grain prices. “We call on relevant institutions to assist countries in developing their food stock capacities and consider other measures to strengthen food security risk management for affected countries.”</p> <p><strong>Call for increasing the resilience of world’s food systems to climate change</strong></p> <p>On climate change, the Declaration said: “It is essential to address question of how to increase the resilience of present food production systems to challenges posed by climate change&#8230; We urge governments to assign appropriate priority to the agriculture, forestry and fisheries sectors, in order to create opportunities to enable the world’s smallholder farmers and fishers, including indigenous people, in particular vulnerable areas, to participate in, and benefit from financial mechanisms and investment flows to support climate change adaptation, mitigation and technology development, transfer and dissemination. We support the establishment of agricultural systems and sustainable management practices that positively contribute to the mitigation of climate change and ecological balance.”</p> <p><strong>More dialogue on biofuels and their relation to food security</strong></p> <p>On the contentious issue of biofuels, the Declaration said: “It is essential to address the challenges and opportunities posed by biofuels, in view of the world’s food security, energy and sustainable development needs. We are convinced that in-depth studies are necessary to ensure that production and use of biofuels is sustainable in accordance with the three pillars of sustainable development and take into account the need to achieve and maintain global food security…We call upon relevant inter-governmental organizations, including <span class="caps">FAO</span>, within their mandates and areas of expertise, with the involvement of national governments, partnerships, the private sector, and civil society, to foster a coherent, effective and results-oriented international dialogue on biofuels in the context of food security and sustainable development needs.”</p> <p><strong>Successful Doha development round and improved trade opportunities</strong></p> <p>According to the Declaration, <span class="caps">WTO</span> members reaffirmed their commitment to the rapid and successful conclusion of the Doha development agenda and reiterated their willingness to reach a comprehensive and ambitious result that would be condusive to improving food security in developing countries.</p> <p>“We encourage the international community to continue its efforts in liberalizing international trade in agriculture by reducing trade barriers and market distorting policies,” said the Declaration, adding that addressing these measures “will give farmers, particularly in developing countries, new opportunities to sell their products on world markets and support their efforts to increase productivity and production.”</p> <p>One hundred eighty-one countries participated in the <span class="caps">FAO</span> Food Summit – 43 were represented by their Head of State or Government and 100 by high-level Ministers. Sixty Non-governmental and Civil Society Organizations were present as well. Overall, 5 159 people attended &#8212; 1 298 of them were journalists covering the event.</p> http://endpoverty2015.org/en/faofoodsummit#comments End Hunger Global Partnership English food summit Fri, 06 Jun 2008 15:22:46 +0000 admin 345 at http://endpoverty2015.org African organizations join forces to push for 15% budget commitment http://endpoverty2015.org/en/africa/news/archbishop-tutu-continued-loss-millions-african-lives-which-can-be-prevented-unacceptable-and-unsust/30/apr/08 <p>It is the 7th anniversary of the pledge by African Union member states to allocate 15% of national budgets to health. In a statement to mark the anniversary, Archbishop Tutu stated:</p> <p>&#8220;The AU Abuja 15% pledge is one of the most important commitments African leaders have made to health development and financing, and our Heads of State should strive to meet this pledge without further delay. The continued loss of millions of African lives annually which can be prevented is unacceptable and unsustainable. Our leaders know what they have to do. They have already pledged to do it. All they have to do now is actually do it. This is all we ask of them.&#8221;</p> <p>Current social development and health indicators from international and African institutions show that over eight million African lives are lost annually to preventable, treatable and manageable health conditions and diseases mainly &#8211; <a href="/goals/child-health">Child Mortality</a>, <a href="/goals/maternal-health">Maternal Mortality</a>, <a href="/goals/combat-hiv-aids">HIV/<span class="caps">AIDS</span>, Malaria, and TB</a>.</p> <p>Meeting the Abuja 2001 by African leaders to allocate 15% or more of annual budgets to health is crucial to Public Health in Africa. Yet this pledge remains largely unmet with just two countries, Botswana and Seychelles demonstrating their commitment to the 15% pledge.</p> <p>The Nobel Prize Winner underlined that:<br /> &#8220;While global health is a global responsibility, African leaders also have a moral responsibility to our people. Just as we expect the international community to honour their commitments to global health, we also expect African leaders to honour African commitments&#8221;</p> <p>In a communiqué from its recent Abuja conference released last week and supported by 141 African and global organisations and networks, the 15% Now Campaign called on &#8220;Fellow members of African Civil Society, the health and medical community, other sectors of society and global partners to join in building the biggest continental, sub-regional, national and community based movement possible for ensuring that health development financing and budgeting on a needs based basis and the 15% commitment is implemented as Africa&#8217;s top social and economic development priority.&#8221; </p> http://endpoverty2015.org/en/africa/news/archbishop-tutu-continued-loss-millions-african-lives-which-can-be-prevented-unacceptable-and-unsust/30/apr/08#comments Africa Child Health Combat HIV/AIDS English 15% campaign Archbishop Tutu Wed, 30 Apr 2008 14:57:15 +0000 admin 339 at http://endpoverty2015.org Analysis: World Food Crisis and the MDGs http://endpoverty2015.org/en/end-hunger/news/analysis-world-food-crisis-and-mdgs/28/apr/08 <p>The dramatic surge in food prices has plunged millions of poor people and many net food importing poor countries into a food crisis. Consequently, it has also put at risk their chances of achieving the <a href="/goals">Millennium Development Goals</a> (MDGs) by 2015. Whilst the focus has been on the impact on the <a href="/goals/end-hunger">MDG1</a> of reducing poverty and hunger, given the close inter-connectedness between all the 8 MDGs, the impact on these sections of the poor on health, education and livelihoods more broadly, cannot be underestimated.</p> <p>Paradoxically, addressing the MDGs in a comprehensive manner, as agreed by 189 world leaders at the Millennium Summit in September 2000, could have led to much greater food security for the poor. Even now, to find a lasting solution, apart from meeting the immediate humanitarian needs of vulnerable people and countries, what is needed is essentially a much more serious and intensive effort to meet the MDGs by 2015, with a strong focus on poor and excluded groups.</p> <p>Building on a bottom-up analysis with strong national ownership amongst poor countries is the key to addressing the short and long-term causes of this crisis. A long-term MDG-based plan establishing clear cross-sectoral linkages backed up with adequate budgetary allocations, which poor country Governments have promised in 2000 and recommitted in 2005, has to be the starting point. The prolonged neglect of investing in sectors that employ large sections of the poor and excluded such as agriculture and off-farm livelihoods has to be reversed. </p> <p>While pursuing better technology for high yielding agricultural inputs can be a part of the armoury to improve agricultural productivity, there is no substitute for land, soil and water management approaches that are sustainable and respect the rights and aspirations of poor and indigenous communities, particularly women. For the revolution to remain “green”, we cannot forget that the causes of food insecurity are as much institutional and environmental as they are technical. Addressing MDG1 without studying its impacts on <a href="/goals/environmental-sustainability" />MDG7</a> and vice versa will simply mean transferring Asian models to Africa without really learning any lessons.</p> <p>The current crisis has also once again underlined the need for a much more disaggregated analysis of winners and losers and a greatly nuanced search for solutions by region, by country and by social groups – all of which are central chants in the <span class="caps">MDG</span> hymn sheet. After all it is the impact of the “one size fits all” dismantling of all forms of agricultural support and social protection that is now coming to haunt the poor. The clock has turned a full circle and even the strongest opponents of state subsidies are now promoting the idea of targeted support and conditional cash transfers. Going to scale in agriculture makes eminent sense, but a looming question is whether we are ready to go to small-scale where appropriate. The contribution of agri-businesses have to be measured in terms of their impact on food security of the poor and not any other metrics.</p> <p>An incredibly powerful aspect of this crisis has been the spontaneous public protests in countries across the world including in some countries which have no space for citizens voices to be heard. This is certainly a wake-up call to leaders that denying basic rights and <span class="caps">MDG</span> commitments have political consequences. Translating these outbursts into long-term citizens efforts to monitor state accountability is a big challenge. But the fact remains that the lack of transparency in managing public affairs and food stocks, unethical hoarding by greedy traders operating in the black market, often hand in glove with politicians, are all starting to become less and less acceptable to citizens at large. A growing and attentive media will not allow unaccountable governance and corruption to persist.</p> <p>Finally, we have been once again rudely reminded that the primary responsibility of poor countries in achieving the MDGs, and the importance of the nation-state as the ultimate unit of both decision-making and accountability, only holds true if rich countries (the so-called “international community”) also keep their side of the grand global partnership deal. They have to deliver on <a href="/goals/global-partnership">MDG8</a> commitments of both meeting aid volume commitments and aid quality promises made in the Paris Declaration and they are slipping on both. They have to conclude the Doha Trade Round in a manner that helps poor countries achieve the MDGs; sadly, not much light is seen at the end of this tunnel. Unregulated global market forces require an international architecture that works to shield the poor from shocks that are not of their own making and completely beyond their ability to absorb. The long-term distortionary impacts of subsidizing agriculture in rich countries which then leads to dumping of agricultural produce on poor countries has eroded the agricultural base in so many poor countries. Now subsidies and incentives for bio-fuels is causing a new kind of distortion leading to serious questioning of unbridled support to first generation bio-fuels that are pushing up corn prices.</p> <p>As we begin the second half of the countdown to 2015, the combined and interlinked increase of food and oil prices is really testing the global political resolve to stay the course on the MDGs. The High Level Event called by the UN Secretary General at the UN on 25 September and the <span class="caps">MDG</span> Call to Action that has already got the support of over 30 countries across the world will help in keeping our eyes firmly set on the destination that we have set sail towards, even as we go through choppy waters. The 43 million people who Stood Up for the MDGs (<a href="http://standagainstpoverty.org">StandAgainstPoverty.org</a>) on 17 Oct 2007, and the hundreds of millions of people living in extreme poverty will expect nothing less.</p> http://endpoverty2015.org/en/end-hunger/news/analysis-world-food-crisis-and-mdgs/28/apr/08#comments Africa End Hunger Asia Environmental Sustainability Global Partnership English agriculture food crisis Mon, 28 Apr 2008 06:35:43 +0000 admin 338 at http://endpoverty2015.org Zapatero: MDGs will guide Spanish Development Policy http://endpoverty2015.org/en/spain/news/zapatero-mdgs-will-guide-spanish-development-policy/09/apr/08 <p>The Acting Spanish President, Jose Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, cited the <a href="http://endpoverty2015.org">Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)</a> as the key focus of his governments development and cooperation policies, while giving his inaugural speech in the Spanish Parliament yesterday.</p> <p>In front of the newly elected parliamentarians Zapatero stated, ”The United Nations will be our inspiration for our cooperation and development policy, through the Millennium Development Goals. The UN will also be our guide in the external action of Spain, stressing our support to peacekeeping operations. &#8220;</p> <p>Zapatero also restated his commitment to reach 0,7% of Spanish Gross National Product (<span class="caps">GNP</span> for Official Development Assistance (<span class="caps">ODA</span>) in 2012. &#8220;My conception of Spain, ladies and gentlemen, is a generous country supporting the fight against poverty. Thus, we are going to dedicate 0.7 per cent of our gross domestic product to official development assistance in by 2012.&#8221; </p> http://endpoverty2015.org/en/spain/news/zapatero-mdgs-will-guide-spanish-development-policy/09/apr/08#comments Spain Europe Global Partnership English Development Official Development Assistance (ODA) Zapatero Thu, 10 Apr 2008 03:18:00 +0000 admin 327 at http://endpoverty2015.org UNMC and African CSOs Meet WIth Liberian President and Co-chair of Post-2015 High Level Panel Ellen Johnson Sirleaf http://endpoverty2015.org/en/cso-meeting-president-ellen-johnson-sirleaf-post2015 The Co-chair of the UN High-level panel on UN Post 2015 Development Framework, Her Excellency President Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia has said that the new global agenda will draw from the voices of the people. Speaking in her office in Monrovia to a group of African CSO Leaders who paid a courtesy call on her, the Co-Chair said that she would pursue a participatory and inclusive leadership in the process. “ At my meeting with fellow leaders in Addis, I will let them know that the successor agenda to the MDGs cannot be hatched from the ivory tower. It has to come from engaging the people from the grassroots. I really believe in this.” <br> <br> ‘The Co-chair is clearly well informed of the responsibility bestowed on her as Co-Chair and is aware of the need for working fast in view of the constraints imposed by the short timeframe for delivering the report, which should be on time for the 2013 UNGA in spite of the slow start in putting the supporting structures and resources in place, said Salina Sanou of ACORD. <br> <br> The co-chair accepted the idea of a need to have her-own local secretariat working with the UN global secretariat and is taking steps to ensure the necessary capacity. <br> <br> President Johnson Sirleaf welcomed the initiatives taken by African CSO coalitions to launch consultations and dialogue ahead of the formal UN process. These post-2015 consultations must also be an opportunity to bring urgency to the achievement of the MDGs in the remaining time. “The remaining three years are ample time enough to make significant progress”, she said. <br> <br> She welcomed the offer by the CSO delegation to establish a secretariat to channel CSO voices and inputs and look forward to engaging. <br> <br> The President also welcomed the plans, announced by the delegation, to organize a pan-African CSOs conference on the post-2015 development agenda and proposed that the timing be moved from September to October when she would have met with the other co-chairs and will be better prepared to engage meaningfully. http://endpoverty2015.org/en/cso-meeting-president-ellen-johnson-sirleaf-post2015#comments Africa End Hunger Universal Education Gender Equity Child Health Maternal Health Combat HIV/AIDS Environmental Sustainability Global Partnership English Beyond 2015 Liberia Post 2015 President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Mon, 16 Jul 2012 17:07:04 +0000 admin 1324 at http://endpoverty2015.org UNMC Launches "And You Didn't Even Know About It:" An Innovative Social Media Campaign to Communicate MDG Progress http://endpoverty2015.org/en/spanish-social-media-campaign-launch-ytusinenterarte <iframe align="middle" width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/FeKACjBY5gY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <br> <br> <strong>From the 6th to the 20th of June 2012, this initiative will ask citizens to donate space on their Facebook or Twitter profiles and communicate major progress achieved on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and in the global fight against poverty. </strong> <br> <br> <strong>Madrid, 6th of June 2012 - </strong> The UN Millennium Campaign today launched an innovative social media campaign in Spanish called “y tu sin enterarte” (“and you didn’t even know about it”) to communicate major MDG achievements over the past decade. From the 6th to the 20th of June 2012, this campaign will ask citizens to donate space on their Facebook and Twitter profiles so they communicate major progress on the MDGs to their friends and followers. <br> <br> “This campaign wants to communicate that over the past decade tremendous progress has been made, and this is something we have achieved together – and which translates into tangible results for millions of men, women and children all over the world; a decline in global poverty, more children in school than ever before, a dramatic drop in child deaths worldwide, 2000 million people have gained access to safe drinking water and the ongoing fight against malaria and HIV/AIDS has already saved millions of lives – we think this must be communicated.” The UN Millennium Campaign Coordinator in Spain said at the launch of the campaign today “We must continue to work together to accelerate progress because a lot still remains to be done”. <br> <br> This campaign focuses mainly on social media, to allow citizens and organizations everywhere to participate directly in communicating these positive messages and inspire commitment. Donating your social profile is easy, by simply going online to <a href="www.ytusinenterarte.org">www.ytusinenterarte.org</a> and accepting an app which will ask you to donate space on either twitter or Facebook. From then on, once a day during the space of a week, a positive MDG related message will appear on your profile and inserted in your usual conversation with your friends and followers. <br> <br> Donating social media space is done through a free app, which leaves no trace or cookies and will disappear from the social profiles of the user once the campaign is over. Throughout the campaign the user remains in control of their Facebook or Twitter accounts and will be able continue to use it in their usual way. <br> <br> This campaign is launched just before Rio+20, the UN Summit on Sustainable Development, which takes place in Rio de Janeiro from the 20th to 22th de June 2012 and which will begin debating “the future we want”. <br> <br> This campaign is the result of the work of many partners, including corporate partners, civil society organizations and media – another example of the extraordinary partnerships and strong concerted efforts that have been formed to advance the MDGs all over the world. http://endpoverty2015.org/en/spanish-social-media-campaign-launch-ytusinenterarte#comments End Hunger Global Spain Universal Education Gender Equity Child Health Europe Maternal Health Combat HIV/AIDS Environmental Sustainability Global Partnership English MDGs Rio+20 Wed, 06 Jun 2012 19:56:05 +0000 admin 1323 at http://endpoverty2015.org Commonwealth Foundation and UNMC Announce A Unique Partnership With the ‘Breakpoint Project’ http://endpoverty2015.org/en/UNMC-Commonwealth-foundation-MDGs <img src="http://www.endpoverty2015.org/files/Commonwealth Agreement.png" alt="" height="285" width="475" /> <br> <br> Addis Ababa / London 29th of May 2012 <i>The Commonwealth Foundation today announced a groundbreaking partnership with the United Nations Millennium Campaign, the first with a UN agency, in order to review progress towards the MDGs in 20 countries all over the world.</i> <br> <br> Vijay Krishnarayan, Director of the Commonwealth Foundation said: <i>“I am delighted to announce this partnership between the Commonwealth Foundation and the UN Millennium Campaign which will enable civil society working in Commonwealth countries to shape the future global development agenda. Together we are undertaking a multiyear research project (2012-15) to review progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 20 countries to assess the successes and failures, and begin the conversation about post 2015. This unique project will bring in the voices of the South into the debate on the future of development“ </i> <br> <br> The countries analyzed in the research are Cameroon, Ghana, Grenada, India, Jamaica, Malawi, Mozambique, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Samoa, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, Zambia and two non-Commonwealth countries: Nepal and Philippines. This innovative research for the first time cuts across OECD member countries, small island states, newly classified middle income countries and donor countries. <br> <br> Following the submission of national research reports, the Foundation and the UNMC will convene national civil society consultations in target countries, in order to mobilise civil society voices from the South to engage in the MDG process. <br> <br> “As we look at the Millennium Development Goals we must draw on the lessons of past, address the pressing issues of the present, and together with civil society chart a path forward into the future. This partnership with the Commonwealth Foundation enables us to do just this.” Underlined Corinne Woods, Global Director of the United Nations Millennium Campaign. <br> <br> This announcement was made by the Commonwealth Foundation and the UN Millennium Campaign following the closure of the “All Africa Parliamentary Conference on the MDGs” which both partners were actively involved in, and which took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 22-24th May 2012. <br> <br> <strong>About the UN Millennium Campaign</strong> <br> <br> The UN Millennium Campaign was established by the UN Secretary General in 2002. The Campaign supports citizens’ efforts to hold their governments to account for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. The Millennium Development Goals were adopted by 189 world leaders from rich and poor countries, as part of the Millennium Declaration which was signed in 2000. These leaders agreed to achieve the Goals by 2015. Our premise is simple: we are the first generation that can end poverty and we refuse to miss this opportunity. For more information visit <a href="http://www.endpoverty2015.org">www.endpoverty2015.org</a> <br> <br> <strong>About the Commonwealth Foundation</strong> <br> <br> The Commonwealth Foundation is an intergovernmental organisation established in 1965, resourced by and reporting to Commonwealth governments, and guided by Commonwealth values and priorities. It aims to strengthen civil society in the achievement of Commonwealth priorities - democracy and good governance, respect for human rights and gender equality, poverty eradication and sustainable, people-centred development, and to promote arts and culture. <a href="http://www.commonwealthfoundation.com">www.commonwealthfoundation.com</a> <br> <br> <strong>For further information and interviews please contact:</strong> <br> <br> Anand Kantaria <br> UN Millennium Campaign <br> Global Communications Officer <br> <a href="mailto:anand.kantaria@undp.org">anand.kantaria(at)undp.org</a> / +44 (0) 208 903 1919 <br> <br> Claire Turner <br> Commonwealth Foundation <br> Communications Manager <br> <a href="mailto:c.turner@commonwealth.int">c.turner(at)commonwealth.int</a> / +44 (0) 20 7747 6522. http://endpoverty2015.org/en/UNMC-Commonwealth-foundation-MDGs#comments Global English Breakpoint Project Commonwealth Foundation MDGs Tue, 29 May 2012 21:11:56 +0000 admin 1322 at http://endpoverty2015.org 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