Call for Anti-Poverty and Environmental Targets

Leading development experts and the United Kingdom's international NGO community are urging that country’s government to provide leadership in helping to build the international political will required to accelerate progress towards meeting the current Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

They are also calling on the country to establish a new universal post-2015 development framework that links poverty eradication and environmental sustainability.

UN Report Provides Roadmap to End Poverty

At this September's meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, governments will discuss elements of the development agenda to succeed the Millennium Development Goals when they expire in 2015.

In his article titled ‘UN report provides roadmap to end poverty’, Amoussouga Gero, points out that, “I believe that to realise the world that the report envisions, Africans must prioritise six of the panel's [High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda] recommendations.”

Development Bypasses World's Poorest

The United Nations (UN) says the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have been improving the lives of millions around the world, but people in very poor regions have not been sharing in the progress.

According to the annual report charting progress on the MDGs until the 2015 deadline, Aid money to the least developed countries fell 13 percent to US$26 billion in 2012.

UN goals to fight poverty and hunger, promote gender equality, and education, and widen access to water and health services were first outlined in 2000 and agreed to by UN members.

Agriculture Best Way to Reduce Poverty - ONE

ONE Campaign says that increasing agriculture investment is one of the best ways to reduce poverty in Africa.

ONE Campaign's deputy director, Nachilala Nkombo, says Africa has the potential not only to feed itself but also to become a major food supplier for the rest of the world.

Nkombo points out that unlocking Africa's potential will also unlock its development, adding that farming is Africa's predominant lifestyle with more than two-thirds of Africans depending on agriculture for their incomes.

Unspent Funds Will Impede Poverty Goals

Development money sits in bank accounts around the world, including South Africa, tagged as unallocated, undistributed, under-spent and unspent or as earmarked funds that cannot be touched. It runs into billions of dollars.

Africa remains the poorest region in the world according to the World Bank yet through inept planning, poor grant management, lack of donor consultation and administrative blunders funds for development remain stuck in treacle.

SA’s Election to ECOSOC Significant - Ebrahim

South Africa's election to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) comes at a significant time, according deputy minister of international relations and co-operation Ebrahim Ebrahim.
Ebrahim notes that, “It is significant that South Africa will be a member of this critical organ of the United Nations (UN) at the time that the target date for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals is fast approaching - 2015."

Zuma Urges United Nations to Reform

President Jacob Zuma is using his time at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly to make a wholehearted push for changes in the way the global body maintains international peace and security.

As part of the country’s aims at this year’s General Assembly, South Africa is calling on the UN to overhaul the Security Council, in order to make it more effective in dealing with crises in various countries.

NGO Calls for Development Support

A NGO has created various development programmes calling on stakeholders to come out and support them up for the benefit of the country.

Addressing a news conference in Dar es Salaam, Building Africa chairperson, Deogratious Celestine, stated that the programmes were created with the aim of complementing and supplementing the government efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MGDs).

"We have over 600 programmes created with the aim of helping various countries in Africa come out of poverty using own resources and achieve the set goals," added Celestine.

UN Applauds Dlamini-Zuma on New Role

The United Nations (UN) has welcomed the election of Home Affairs Minister, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, as head of the African Union Commission.

In a press statement, UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, says he is looking forward to working closely with Dlamini-Zuma on peace and security issues on the continent, highlighting the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and promoting sustainable development in Africa as priorities.

Could Material Reuse and Recycling be the Answer to Achieving the MDGs for Africa?

Much debate surrounds the real progress made by Africa to date with regards to attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). If the aim of having the MDGs was to encourage development by improving socio-economic conditions in the world’s poorest countries, why then, after over a decade of the initial meeting and with just under four years left to reach the set deadline, are the poorest nations still poor, and in some cases their conditions have even deteriorated since the turn of the millenium?


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