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.

Corruption Hinders MDGs - CIVICUS

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation has warned that Africa will not be able to realise the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) because of corruption.
CIVICUS head of policy and research, Mandeep Tiwana, points out that the MDGs are eight time-bound goals which provide concrete, numerical benchmarks for tackling extreme poverty in its many dimensions.

Post-MDG Framework Should Consider Africa’s Goals

Ibrahim Mayaki, chief executive officer of the New Partnership for Africa's Development’s (NEPAD) Planning and Coordinating Agency has urged the United Nations (UN) member states must ensure that the post-2015 development agenda supports the developmental aspirations of the African continent.
Mayaki indicated that NEPAD’s strategic focus on infrastructure and agricultural development remained two key pillars for the continued transformation of Africa.


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