End Poverty 2015 - MDGs http://endpoverty2015.org/en/taxonomy/term/63/0 en 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 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 Indians Use Cell Phones to Plug Holes in Governance http://endpoverty2015.org/en/india-cell-phone-reporting-wp This article from the Washington Post describes an exciting new program being conducted in two Indian districts in which citizens can connect directly with government officials to report problems via cell phones. <br> <br> LONDHIYA, INDIA — Almost everyone in this village in central India has a complaint. Electricity comes only three hours a day. The road has potholes. Widows’ pensions arrive late. The school lunch program often runs low on food. <br> <br> Villagers say they send letters, call a government complaint line and wait outside officials’ offices for help, but never get a response. “All our complaints go into a blind well of the government,” said Mukesh Chandravanshi, 30, a farmer. <br> <br> Now a simple cellphone text-messaging program is providing a more direct line of communication between villagers and the government. Developed by activists, local officials and an information technology company, the system ensures that complaints are immediately acknowledged and that residents regularly receive updates on how and when their problems will be resolved. <br> <br> Launched in two districts in two states, the system decreases the chances that a problem will be ignored by holding officials accountable, according to its developers. Such technology does not guarantee a solution, but it can transform the relationship between citizens and the government in a bloated bureaucracy beset with corruption and apathy, analysts say. <br> <br> “Everybody’s pocket in the village has a mobile phone nowadays. If we can turn this into a direct pipeline to the government, we will have the power to complain and be heard,” Shafique Khan, a field coordinator for the program, called Samadhan, or resolution, said as he demonstrated how to use it to villagers sitting under a tamarind tree. <br> <br> Through Samadhan, people can go to a Web site to see where most problems and delays occur and assess the performance of officials in those areas. The data can be used to identify systemic bottlenecks in the government’s delivery of services. <br> <br> This month, the program — which was supported by the U.N. Millennium Development Goals campaign — has received 530 complaints through text messages, such as “my water handpump is not working,” “health worker is absent” and “the village bridge has collapsed in the rain.” <br> <br> Citizens groups and IT companies are increasingly using crowdsourcing technology to help make the government more efficient, empower people and even mobilize protesters. The ubiquitous cellphone, with about 750 million users in India, and open-source Internet platforms are being deployed to ensure that trash is picked up on time, to track bribes and to help people learn English, find jobs and report incidents of sexual harassment on the streets. <br> <br> “Access to technology is changing our democratic idiom, and the mobile phone is a metaphor for this change,” said Shiv Visvanathan, a social anthropologist with the Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology in Gandhinagar. “People are demanding accountability from the government. And speed of service delivery is key.” <br> <br> Not everyone in Londhiya, in Madhya Pradesh state, can take advantage of the complaint service. As some villagers pulled out their phones and started typing at the demonstration meeting, a few older men and veiled women who said they were illiterate watched silently from a distance. <br> <br> But not all crowdsourcing applications are based on text messaging. In the southern city of Hyderabad, for example, the local government uses Global Positioning System technology and cellphone cameras to manage the mounting problem of uncollected garbage. Sanitation supervisors take photos of overflowing trash cans, and the images are uploaded in real time. Officials say this helps hold sanitation workers accountable. <br> <br> In New Delhi, a new Web site urges women to report harassment and help map neighborhoods they consider unsafe. A mobile app called Fight Back, which will be launched in November for $2 a month, is tied to the site and enables a woman to send alerts to her friends from her smartphone if she is harassed. The alerts also go to her Facebook page and identify her location on a map. <br> <br> “The ‘unsafe map’ of Delhi that we are creating with women who report harassment on our site will push the government to turn their attention to these places and warn women and tourists,” said Hindol Sengupta, co-founder of Whypoll, a networking platform for improving governance that has listed such areas with input from more than 100,000 women. <br> <br> Sengupta recently demonstrated the program to several women at a busy upmarket mall in the capital. <br> <br> “Do you go to the police if you get harassed?” he asked women. All of them said no. <br> <br> “I feel helpless if a man whistles, passes a lewd comment or touches me in a bus or a public place. I just ignore and keep quiet because I do not want to provoke them. That’s what we are taught by our families,” said Reena Sharma, a 31-year-old cosmetics saleswoman. <br> <br> Initially available only on smartphones, the service will eventually extend to low-cost cellphones as well, said Sandeep Sidhu, global delivery manager of CanvasM, the technology interface company that created Fight Back. <br> <br> Some of these initiatives, including a mobile app launched by CanvasM, are helping India’s 400 million blue-collar migrant workers tap into new opportunities. <br> <br> “We are helping poorer Indians at the bottom of the pyramid take advantage of the job opportunities arising out of the economic boom that is underway in India,” said Jagdish Mitra, chief executive at CanvasM. <br> <br> For the original article please follow <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia-pacific/indians-use-cellphones-to-plug-holes-in-governance/2011/10/24/gIQAooAmOM_story.html">this link</a>. http://endpoverty2015.org/en/india-cell-phone-reporting-wp#comments Global Asia English crowdsourcing MDGs Samadhan Service Delivery Thu, 03 Nov 2011 14:56:39 +0000 admin 1305 at http://endpoverty2015.org The MDGs Through Socio-Economic Rights http://endpoverty2015.org/en/mdgs/resource/mdgs-through-socio-economic-rights <p>Constitution Making and Implementation Handbook (Excerpt)</p> <p>The document was adopted without a vote. This meant that the Declaration won the full endorsement of the international community.</p> MDGs English MDGs Thu, 22 Apr 2010 20:07:16 +0000 Miki 781 at http://endpoverty2015.org Millennium Campaign Director Speaks about Political Commitments Needed to Achieve MDGs http://endpoverty2015.org/en/global/resource/millennium-campaign-director-speaks-about-political-commitments-needed-achieve-mdgs <p>March 30, 2010 – Salil Shetty speaks to <span class="caps">BBC</span> World Service Radio about the fact that empirical evidence indicates that the MDGs are still achievable, if world leaders take urgent action to get back on track towards keeping their commitments.</p> Global Radio English MDGs Tue, 30 Mar 2010 16:59:06 +0000 Miki 809 at http://endpoverty2015.org Millennium Development Goals must be met, UN Secretary-General says http://endpoverty2015.org/en/english/news/secretary-generals-report-keeping-promise-released/16/mar/10 Read the Secretary-General's report, "Keeping the Promise", which serves as the basis for Member States' deliberations on an action-oriented outcome document for the Summit. It identifies successes and gaps, and lays out an agenda for 2010-2015. "Our world possesses the knowledge and resources to achieve the MDGs," Mr. Ban says in the report. Falling short of the Goals "would be an unacceptable failure, moral and practical." <embed src="https://www.box.net//static/flash/box_explorer.swf?widget_hash=xlcz7sph3b&v=1&cl=0" width="460" height="345" wmode="transparent" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"></embed> English Ban Ki-moon MDGs Report Tue, 16 Mar 2010 17:07:54 +0000 Sebastian Majewski 680 at http://endpoverty2015.org