Tag Archives: MDGs
10 April 2014
On 9 April, the United Nations General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) launched joint talks to mobilise new and existing multi-stakeholder development partnerships. ECOSOC President Martin Sajdik stated in the first session of the two-day event that ‘we must mobilize our joint efforts to utilize the full potential of a partnership approach. These partnerships should be formed at all levels, from grassroots to national, regional and global.’ (more…)
Source: UN News Centre | UN Assembly, Economic and Social Council launch joint talks on development partnership
28 January 2014
Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General, and John Ashe, General Assembly President, encourage developing countries to work together to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Mr. Ban noted that there are less than two years until the MDGs’ 2015 deadline and stated that it is important that states work together to eradicate poverty, improve social and economic well-being and plan for a sustainable future. President Ashe emphasised the importance of working together to lay the foundations for a post-2015 development plan. Furthermore, President Ashe commended the group for its commitment to working together thus far and said of the group, ‘[y]ou are an example of the might of South-South cooperation, and a harbinger of greater collaboration that is yet to come.’
Source: UN News Centre | Senior UN officials urge ‘Group of 77’ nations to work collectively on anti-poverty goals
8 November 2013
UN officials say partnerships, such as government collaboration with the private sector and civil society, are necessary for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The MDGs were set during the UN Summit 2000 to be achieved by 2015 and included such goals as poverty eradication, education, gender equality, child and maternal health, environmental stability, and HIV/AIDS and malaria reduction.
Considering many of the MDGs have still not been met, partnerships are critical in order to achieve these goals by the deadline. Abdou Salam Diallo, Ambassador of Senegal and Chair of the Second Committee of the UN General Assembly, noted that while poverty, inequalities, environmental threats, and conflict still exist at significant levels, with human potential and resources, which partnerships could provide, these problems can be solved.
President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Néstor Osorio, stated ‘[a]s Governments are given tremendous responsibilities in implementing national policies to achieve the MDGs, support from the private sector has become even more crucial. Indeed, it is clear that both governments and the international community can benefit greatly from the expertise, resources and capacities provided by the private sector.’
Source: UN News Centre | Partnerships vital for addressing sustainable development challenges – UN officials
2 October 2013
Wilfred P. Elrington, foreign minister of Belize, noted on goal 8 of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on global partnership for development in his speech to the UN General Assembly that ‘the rich countries have not even been able to bring themselves to honour their commitment to contribute even the 0.7 per cent of their gross domestic product as official domestic assistance to poor countries.’
He said that in addition, resources being provided by the international and other financial institutions and by private donors ‘fall far short’ of what is needed by poor countries to attain the MDGs. Therefore ‘careful analysis must be undertaken to ascertain why it was that our rich development partners failed to live up to their obligations under the partnership to provide the promised development aid and expertise to poor development partners’ and ‘new mechanisms must be devised to ensure that the post-2015 development agenda does not suffer a similar fate’ according to Elrington.
Alva Romanus Baptiste, minister for external affairs of Saint Lucia stated that the post-MDGs period ‘must be driven by common aspirations, shared goals and a unified vision of a secure and serene world’.
Source: General Assembly of the United Nations | General Debate of the 68th Session | Belize | H.E. Mr. Wilfred Elrington, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade | 30 September 2013
Source: General Assembly of the United Nations | General Debate of the 68th Session | Saint Lucia | H.E. Mr. Alva Romanus Baptiste, Minister of External Affairs | 30 September 2013
25 September 2013
In his address to the UN General Assembly, Armando Emilio Guebuza, president of Mozambique, said that the development agenda should be based on principles of inclusion, national ownership, ‘and shared responsibility among the development partners in its implementation.’
The debate in the UNGA is excepted to set the stage for the post-2015 development agenda, which is designed to define global development after 2015, the deadline to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Armando Emilio Guebuza also said that ‘In carrying out this agenda, it is important that we extirpate from our vocabulary and from our attitude the dichotomy that attempts to group the members of the United Nations family.’
Source: New Europe | Mozambique hopes to see inclusive development agenda with "shared responsibility"
Source: UN News Centre | At UN debate, President of Mozambique urges international support for hotspots