End Poverty 2015 - Africa http://endpoverty2015.org/en/taxonomy/term/9/0 en 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 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 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 Could Abolishing Tax Havens Solve Africa's Financing Needs? http://endpoverty2015.org/en/abolishing-tax-havens-guardian-abugre <p><strong>Increased financial transparency is critical to stem the illicit capital outflows that are crippling Africa</strong></p> <p>Charles Abugre &#8211; 19 March 2012 &#8211; The past month, the spotlight has been on James Ibori, the governor of Nigeria&#8217;s Delta state from 1999 to 2007, who pleaded guilty in a London court to 10 counts relating to conspiracy to launder funds from the state he governed.</p> <p>Ibori was accused of siphoning off an estimated $250m and laundering it in London through a number of offshore companies and financial intermediaries to fund his extravagant lifestyle of lavish mansions, expensive cars and private jets. This mode of illicit capital flight is by no means restricted to one rogue Nigerian governor or even African leaders at large, nor is it the most important means by which capital leaves the continent (and developing countries generally) illicitly.</p> <p>True, $250m from one source is substantial. But this pales into insignificance compared with the estimated $100bn that left Nigeria illicitly between 1970 and 2008, according to <a href="http://www.gfintegrity.org/">Global Financial Integrity</a> (<span class="caps">GFI</span>). The bulk of this haemorrhage, contrary to popular belief, is not through the laundering of corrupt money but through commercial activities, and particularly through multinational corporations.</p> <p><a href="http://www.gfintegrity.org/content/view/300/75/">According to GFI&#8217;s conservative estimates</a>, more than $1.8 trillion left African shores illicitly between 1970 and 2008. Of this, only 3% is attributable to bribery and theft by government officials, 30%-35% results from the laundering of criminally acquired wealth (drugs, illegal arms sales, human trafficking, etc), and the bulk – 65%-70% – is from commercial activities, especially through trade mis-pricing of goods.</p> <p>Over the last 10 years, the average annual outflows of this sort exceeded $50bn. This compares with annual aid inflows of less than $30bn. The outflows are largely to avoid or evade tax and to conceal wealth.</p> <p>This week&#8217;s <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2012/mar/06/uk-tax-concessions-cost-developing-countries">proposed change by the chancellor, George Osborne, on how foreign subsidiaries of multinationals based in the UK are taxed</a>, will give even less incentive to keep money in poorer countries. Reform of these controlled foreign company rules in the upcoming budget would strengthen the financial case for shifting money to tax havens by making profits made by multinationals abroad and retained in offshore jurisdictions free from UK tax. This could cost developing countries £4bn a year in lost tax revenue, according to ActionAid estimates.</p> <p>These outflows undermine the rule of law, stifle trade and worsen macroeconomic conditions. They are facilitated by around 60 tax havens and secrecy jurisdictions that enable the creating and operating of millions of disguised corporations, shell companies, anonymous trust accounts and fake charitable foundations. They allow the likes of Ibori and many multinational corporations to cripple Africa financially and politically.</p> <p>Given that about 50% of global trade passes through tax havens, these jurisdictions facilitate trade mis-pricing by making it difficult for documentation to be traced. Transnational companies have the ability to set up multiple trusts and shell companies in these jurisdictions. This is significant because about 60% of global trade takes place between and within multinational companies. Secrecy also attracts criminal activity, and the laundering of corrupt money through concealment of the natural beneficiaries behind shell companies and trusts.</p> <p>Africa is experiencing economic growth, and for the increasing wealth to be channelled to public services, development and the achievement of the millennium development goals by 2015, it is urgent the problem of tax havens as a conduit for illicit outflows is addressed. The <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2012/mar/19/abolish-tax-heavens-africa-financial-transparency">high-level panel set up by the African Union, the African Development Bank and the UN Economic Commission for Africa</a>, and chaired by former South African president Thabo Mbeki, is a significant step forward – and testifies to the importance of this issue for Africa&#8217;s development. The ball is now in the court of the rich countries.</p> <p>For the original article published in the Guardian please <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2012/mar/19/abolish-tax-heavens-africa-financial-transparency">click here</a>.</p> http://endpoverty2015.org/en/abolishing-tax-havens-guardian-abugre#comments Africa English Global Financial Integrity Illicit Capital Flows James Ibori Nigeria tax havens Tue, 20 Mar 2012 18:49:16 +0000 zachhongola 1315 at http://endpoverty2015.org Nigeria Confident About Millennium Development Goals http://endpoverty2015.org/en/print/resource/talk-radio-news-service-nigeria <p>By Deanna Gillen &#8211; Talk Radio News Service</p> <p>February 7, 2012 &#8211; Nigeria is “very optimistic” it will be able to meet the United Nations Millennium development goals before the self-imposed 2015 deadline, despite serious challenges on issues like environmental sustainability, Dr. Precious Gbeneol, the Senior Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) told a press conference at the United Nations Tuesday.</p> <p>The UN’s Millennium Development Goals, which seek to lesson world hunger, inequality, and suffering, in critically affected regions worldwide like Nigeria, have long been at the forefront of the United Nation initiatives and one of Secretary General Ban Ki Moon most publicized campaigns.</p> <p>Dr. Gbeneol said that the progress of MDGs in his country was substantial, and that it’s major accomplishment includes the “Conditional grand scheme, which has been extended to 113 local governments across all of the states in Nigeria.”</p> <p>He also says Nigeria’s progress has forged a path for national development strategies throughout the critical sub-Saharan region.</p> <p>A recent UN report says <span class="caps">MDG</span> plans have already resulted in massive reductions maternal deaths, expanded opportunities for women, increased access to clean water and helped “lift millions out of poverty”. The report also says significant strides have been made towards achieving the goals before the 2015 deadline.</p> <p>While no statistics have been generated for Nigeria specifically, Gbeneoi noted that “we are making definite progress” in regards to reducing poverty and maternal mortality rates.</p> <p>However some of the goals are still far from being realized. Environmental Sustainability will be one of the more difficult challenges for Nigeria. A Human Rights Watch report released today details some of the serious environmental problems brought on by unregulated mining operations.</p> <p>“Thousands of children in northern Nigeria need immediate medical treatment and dozens of villages remain contaminated two years into the worst lead poisoning epidemic in modern history.” says the report.</p> <p>Changes to Nigeria’s large oil industry will also likely be difficult to implement but Dr. Gbeneoi says his country is committed to finding sustainable long-term solutions to these types of problems in Nigeria and also through out the world.</p> <p>“It is critical that all countries double their efforts to making the <span class="caps">MDG</span> achievement a reality.”</p> <p>For the original source from Talk Radio News Service <a href="http://www.talkradionews.com/quick-news/2012/02/07/nigeria-taking-important-steps-towards-millennium-development-goals.html">click here</a>.</p> Africa MDGs Print English Fri, 10 Feb 2012 16:12:51 +0000 zachhongola 1314 at http://endpoverty2015.org Nigeria Urges Countries to Redouble Efforts on MDGs http://endpoverty2015.org/en/print/resource/dailytrustnigeria Original Source: The Daily Trust <br> <br> Thursday - 09 Feb, 2012 - Nigeria has called on countries across the globe to redouble their efforts to make the achievement of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) a reality. <br> <br> Dr Precious Gbeneol, Senior Special Assistant to the President on MDGs made the call at a news conference on the UN Millennium Campaign and the progress of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Nigeria at the UN headquarters on Tuesday. <br> <br> Gbeneol was accompanied by Rep. Adeyinka Ajayi, Member House Committee on MDGs. <br> <br> She noted that the Federal Government was working with the UN Millennium Campaign as part of its commitment to achieving the MDGs goals by 2015. <br> <br> “The partnership is a key element of our ‘countdown strategy’ and will broaden advocacy and citizen engagement on MDGs in Nigeria,” Gbeneol said. <br> <br> According to her, the office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President has since inception been involved in building partnerships and implementation of programmes aimed at accelerating the attainment of the MDGs in Nigeria. <br> <br> The Senior Special Assistant said some of its major accomplishments included the conditional grant scheme which had been extended to 113 local governments across all the states in the country. <br> <br> “The office has also conducted a nationwide needs assessment and baseline survey of basic infrastructure and social facilities at local levels. <br> <br> In his contribution, Ajayi said that lawmakers in the country were using the network of the African Parliament to ensure that MDGs programmes were effectively pursued to the benefit of citizens within the continent. (NAN) <br> <br> For the original source please <a href="http://dailytrust.com.ng/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=154268:nigeria-urges-countries-to-redouble-efforts-on-mdgs-&catid=1:news&Itemid=2">click here</a>. Africa MDGs Print English Fri, 10 Feb 2012 16:04:11 +0000 zachhongola 1313 at http://endpoverty2015.org