Zuma Welcomes UNAIDS Report

President Jacob Zuma has welcomed the report by the United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) on the significant progress South Africa has made in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

The UNAIDS announced in a report ‘How Aids Has Changed Everything - Meeting the MDG Targets’‚ that the world had met and exceeded the AIDS targets of the Millennium Development Goal 6 and is on track to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Botswana Progresses on Gender and Development

Botswana has made remarkable progress against the targets of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Protocol on Gender and Development set for 2015.

While the country has not yet signed the SADC Gender Protocol because ‘some its time frames unrealistic’, legislators remain committed to its ideals and targets.

Botswana did make a commitment to the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015 and the SADC Gender Protocol goes a step further in setting out a detailed roadmap for the achievement of the MDGs.

Govts Urged to Put Kids at Heart of New Goals

The Children's Rights & Emergency Relief Organisation (UNICEF) says despite global progress on achieving Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), unequal opportunities have left nearly 600 million children living in extreme poverty on less than US$1.25 a day.

The agency states that millions of the world's poorest children are denied a fair start in life and many more will be left behind unless they are put at the centre of new development goals for 2030.

Call for Progress on Climate Change and Poverty

Nobel laureate, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, says almost one billion more people will face a life of extreme poverty unless world leaders make progress on poverty and climate change at two crucial summits this year.

Tutu is backing ‘action/2015’, a campaign which was launched by 1 000 groups - representing interests ranging from human rights and the environment to development and health - to put pressure on governments ahead of a United Nations summit in September 2014.

Zuma: Africa Lags Behind in Implementing MDGs

President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, tells the United Nations (UN) general assembly in New York that Africa continues to lag behind in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

In a speech, Zuma states that this was despite the continent’s move to adopt the New Partnership for Africa Development (NEPAD).

He acknowledged that South Africa had made significant progress in achieving the MDGs by reducing half the number of people earning less than a dollar and halving those experiencing hunger.

UN Laments Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa

The United Nations (UN) says that Sub-Saharan Africa is the only developing region that saw the number of people living in extreme poverty rise steadily over the last two decades.

In its findings of the latest Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) report launched by secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, the UN argues that while progress has been made globally on a number of targets, including across Africa - population growth, conflicts and declines in aid to poor countries has made reaching many MDG targets unlikely by next year's deadline.

MDGs Could Fall Flat - Reinl

Ambitious United Nations (UN) targets for addressing poverty, climate change, inequality, joblessness, weak governance, discrimination, shabby schools and crumbling hospitals, are being drafted and are expected to be called the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) when they are signed by world leaders in New York in September 2015.

SA to Meet MDGs on Sustainable Sanitation

Human Settlements Minister, Connie September, is confident that South Africa will meet the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on sustainable sanitation.

Speaking at the launch of the Bucket Toilet Eradication Programme in Grahamstown, September said though there are areas that are still using the bucket system, her department will be able to meet the MDGs’ 2015 target.

Meanwhile, Eastern Cape's Human Settlements MEC, Helens Sauls August, says the province has strengthened its systems to avoid what she calls a second generation of sanitation backlog.

Harare Public Toilets Unusable

Harare's public toilets are in such an appalling state that very few are still usable, with most of them being perpetually blocked.

Local authorities have been blamed for failing to maintain the few toilets whose scarcity already impacts negatively on women.

Zimbabwe has however pledged to reduce by 50 percent the proportion of people without sustainable access to basic sanitation by 2015, as defined by the Millennium Development Goals.


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