Civil Society releases statement on the MDG Review Summit

19th Sep 2010, NY - Civil Society has released a statement on the MDG Review Summit: ‘No talking, time for action!’. Full text of the statement below:No more talking – it is time for action! Governments must be accountable to the citizens of the world and fulfil internationally agreed commitments to end poverty. Leaders from 189 countries adopted the Millennium Declaration in 2000, setting out eight clear cut time-bound commitments to end poverty.  Despite some progress and achievements, with just five years to go to the deadline, the MDGS are way off track.  While the global financial and climate crises have resulted in an increase in poverty since 2001, at the same time G...

Informal Interactive Hearings point to political will to fully achieve MDG by 2015

12th July 2010, New York - UN Headquarters in New York held the Informal Interactive Hearings of the General Assembly with NGO, Civil Society organisations and the Private sector from 14th to 25th June. The purpose of the hearings was to provide input for the preparatory process of the MDG + 10 Summit to take place on 20-22 September in New York. At the hearings, high-profile international experts discussed a number of issues among which equal and inclusive partnerships, accountability in the fight against poverty, sustaining development and withstanding crises, drafting and implementing new policies aimed at delivering on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and finding balance between...

1GOAL: Education Report names and shames countries with poor education funding

9th July 2010, - Today the 1GOAL campaign (as part of the Global Campaign for Education) released its Annual “School Report” which showed that while donors such as Netherlands, Norway and United Kingdom lead the way on aid for education, many of the key donor countries were reneging on their aid commitments with the worst offenders being Japan, Germany, Italy and America. This comes as the UN confirmed that in 2010 African countries may be facing education cuts of up to $4.6 bn from their budgets as a result of the financial crisis. The “School Report” which comes from data provided in 2008 contains a league table of how donors are being rated on their funding for educatio...

New Strategy, More Funding Needed To Meet Maternal, Child Health MDGs

14th April, 2010, "Dozens of countries are unlikely to meet" the Millennium Development Goal targets related to maternal and child health without a new strategy and an additional $20 billion each year, according to a report released Tuesday, the Canadian Press reports (Lederer, 4/14).The analysis – prepared by Countdown to 2015, an international scientific advocacy group – "shows that an estimated 350,000-500,000 women still die in childbirth each year, 3.6 million newborns fail to survive the first month, and an additional 5.2 million children die before the age of five," according to a press release from the The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) – a group hos...

Global Civil Society Consultation for the MDG+10 Summit

12th April 2010 - the United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS) and the UN Millennium Campaign are launching today a consultation with civil society across the globe with regard to the upcomming September MDG Summit in New York. The Summit process is an important opportunity to take stock of which development strategies are working and which ones are not, and what strategic decisions and actions at national and international levels are urgently needed to make decisive progress in the next five years. While the first MDG decade has resulted in significant progress, even in some of the poorest countries of the world, much more needs to be done in the countdown to 2015 in order t...

Europe must step up to its global responsibility and play its part in rescuing the Millennium Development Goals

23 march 2010, A group of powerful women from the front-line in the fight against poverty have appealed to European leaders to ensure health and education for all people by rescuing the Millennium Development Goals.Testifying at the European Parliament today, the ‘W8’ – a group brought together by Oxfam from Mali, Georgia, Thailand, Nicaragua, The Philippines, Bangladesh, Malawi and India – backed Oxfam’s call for Europe to adopt a “rescue package” to get the MDGs back on track.The MDGs, signed by world leaders in 2000, commit to halving the number of people living in extreme poverty by 2015. With development aid faltering, the ability of poor countries to meet poverty goals is...

Political Will the Missing Link for MDGs

19th March, 2010, United Nations - Despite numerous factors that threaten the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals by 2015 - a global financial crisis, a food crisis, climate change, natural disasters – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said this week that his main concern is "political will".Ban addressed U.N. member states and media following the release of his report, "Keeping the Promise", on Mar. 16. The report "reviews successes, identifies obstacles, and suggests ways to accelerate progress," according to the secretary-general. At a meeting of the General Assembly, he warned that, "We are off course because of unmet commitments, inadequate resources and a lack of focus a...
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