End Poverty 2015 - Global Partnership http://endpoverty2015.org/en/taxonomy/term/8/0 Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Eatiam lobortis nisi non pede. 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 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 Mayors of the world commit to redoubling the efforts to achieve the MDGs http://endpoverty2015.org/en/africa/news/mayors-world-commit-redoubling-efforts-achieve-mdgs/01/apr/08 <p>Under the heading “Deepening local democratic governance to eradicate poverty and achieve the <a href="http://www.endpoverty2015.org">Millennium Development Goals</a>," the delegates to the Forum discussed potential ways of strengthening the role of Local Authorities both in the North and the South in the achievement of the MDGs.</p> <p>Marina Ponti, Director of the United Nations Millennium Campaign in Europe, delivered a keynote speech in the Opening Plenary Session calling on all Local Authorities from all over the world to actively promote and engage in the <span class="caps">STAND</span> UP <span class="caps">AND</span> <span class="caps">TAKE</span> <span class="caps">ACTION</span> <span class="caps">FOR</span> <span class="caps">THE</span> <span class="caps">MDGS</span> initiative on 17-19 October. </p> <p>‘You must ask yourselves’, Ms. Ponti told the Mayors, ‘where was I when over 43 million Stood Up for the MDGs in 2007?. But most importantly, you must ask yourselves “where will I be on 17-19 October 2008 when the world <span class="caps">STANDS</span> UP <span class="caps">AND</span> <span class="caps">TAKES</span> <span class="caps">ACTION</span> <span class="caps">FOR</span> <span class="caps">THE</span> <span class="caps">MDGS</span> again?&#8221; </p> <p>In addition to Ms. Ponti keynote speech, a promotional video of the <span class="caps">STAND</span> UP <span class="caps">AND</span> <span class="caps">TAKE</span> <span class="caps">ACTION</span> <span class="caps">FOR</span> <span class="caps">THE</span> <span class="caps">MDGS</span> initiative was also screened in the Opening Plenary Session and materials tailored to Local Authorities with information on how to participate in the <span class="caps">STAND</span> UP were also distributed to the Mayors and other delegates in the Forum.</p> <p>Finally, an announcement was also made by the organisation of the <a href="http://mirror.undp.org/switzerland/wacap/en/forum_valencia/prepevents.htm"><span class="caps">WACAP</span> Forum</a><br /> on behalf of <span class="caps">UCLG</span> to present the MDGs Call to Action initiative to the Local Authorities present in Athens and explain the ways in which they can engage in this process which will lead up to the celebration of a High Level Event in New York on 25 September 2008.</p> http://endpoverty2015.org/en/africa/news/mayors-world-commit-redoubling-efforts-achieve-mdgs/01/apr/08#comments Africa Arab Region Asia Europe Global Partnership Tue, 01 Apr 2008 15:09:54 +0000 admin 312 at http://endpoverty2015.org 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 Baba Maal promoting MDG Goals 4 and 5 at an event organized by the UN Country Office to support the MDG Campaign http://endpoverty2015.org/en/africa/news/baba-maal-promoting-mdg-goals-4-and-5-event-organized-un-country-office-support-mdg-campaign/31/mar/11 <iframe title="YouTube video player" width="480" height="390" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/7I7avss1Mf0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <br> Senegalese Entertainer Baba Maal promoting MDG Goals 4 and 5 at an event organized by the UN Country Office to support the MDG Campaign. The event was jointly organized with the National Civil Society Consortium.(CONGAD) Africa End Hunger Global Universal Education Gender Equity Child Health Maternal Health Combat HIV/AIDS Environmental Sustainability Global Partnership English Thu, 31 Mar 2011 19:09:00 +0000 Miki 1304 at http://endpoverty2015.org Senegal launches Parliamentary MDG Committee to monitor MDG Performance http://endpoverty2015.org/en/africa/news/senegal-launches-parliamentary-mdg-committee-monitor-mdg-performance/31/mar/11 <iframe title="YouTube video player" width="480" height="390" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/BrgVxCZyLwg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <br> Senegal launches Parliamentary MDG Committee to monitor MDG Performance. This was a join event by the UN Millennium Campaign and the UN Country Team, lead by the RC. Africa End Hunger Global Universal Education Gender Equity Child Health Maternal Health Combat HIV/AIDS Environmental Sustainability Global Partnership English Thu, 31 Mar 2011 19:07:00 +0000 Miki 1303 at http://endpoverty2015.org The Millennium Campaign applauds the commitment of the Parliament of Cantabria (Spain) with the MDGs http://endpoverty2015.org/en/spain/news/millennium-campaign-applauds-commitment-parliament-cantabria-spain-mdgs/30/mar/11 <p>Rome March 30, 2011 – Miguel Ángel Palacio, President of the Parliament of Cantabria (Spain) met this morning in Rome with Marina Ponti, UN Millennium Campaign’s Deputy Director for Europe in recognition to the leading role that this regional parliament has had in the promotion of the MDGs in the last years.</p> <p>Since 2009, and in collaboration with the University of Cantabria and the regional newspaper “El Montañes”, the Parliament of Cantabria has coordinated the initiative Students of the Millennium, which has proved to be an excellent tool to increase support and knowledge on the MDGs. According to a recent survey, 80% of the university students of this region know about the 8 Goals, while Spanish national average reaches only 23%. Other regional parliaments in Spain, such as Castilla y León, La Rioja, Extremadura and País Vasco, have also successfully replicated this initiative.</p> <p>“We are in the run up to 2015 and significant progress has been made in some of the MDGs such as universal primary education or access to drinking water. However, much remains to be done in areas such as maternal and child health. As Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General, said the MDGs will not be achieved unless we mobilize citizen’s support. In this context, the commitment of regional parliaments, such as the Parliament of Cantabria, is crucial for the future of MDGs&#8221;, said during this meeting Marina Ponti, Deputy Director for Europe of the Nations Millennium Campaign United.</p> <p>The UN Millennium Campaign has been actively working with regional parliaments to promote the MDGs amongst their citizenry. With this purpose, the Campaign signed an agreement with <span class="caps">CALRE</span>, a European platform for regional parliaments, in 2009, and with <span class="caps">COPREPA</span> in early 2010 to work together on awareness raising initiatives and activities to promote the MDGs, preferably addressed at children and youth.</p> Global Spain Europe Global Partnership English Spain Wed, 30 Mar 2011 14:12:52 +0000 Miki 1302 at http://endpoverty2015.org