Global partnerships key in meeting MDGs

September 3, 2013 3:59 pm


Kenya Foreign Cabinet Secretary Amb Amina Mohamed with Swedish Minister of International Development Cooperation H.E Ms Gunilla Carlsson/CFM
Kenya Foreign Cabinet Secretary Amb Amina Mohamed with Swedish Minister of International Development Cooperation H.E Ms Gunilla Carlsson/CFM
NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 3 – Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will only be achieved if nations unite globally.

Gunilla Carlsson the Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation on Tuesday said both developing and developed countries need to work together for sustainable growth.

“We have a mandate to tackle global issues such as poverty by tracking nations not to leave any nation behind by transforming economies and ensuring that each can sustain themselves independently,” said Carlsson.

She says that though there is a delay, they remain on the right track after the United Nation (UN) set up a panel of global representatives to help nations.

“As a team we have finalised on a few projects such as sanitation and further developed programmes for nations to use as a guide in the eradication of poverty. We have plans to fast track the realization of all other goals,” added Carlsson.

She further explained progress that has been made towards achieving the MDGs saying “global poverty continues to decline, more children than ever are attending primary school, child deaths have dropped dramatically, access to safe drinking water has been greatly expanded, and targeted investments in fighting malaria, AIDS and tuberculosis have saved millions.”

Speaking at a seminar on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, Betty Maina the Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya Association of Manufacturers says that the new global partnership is of positive impact especially on economies of developing countries.

“Success will be only achieved through support of developed countries to the developing ones. It is also important to recognise the significance of economic equity across the globe,” says Maina.

The Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon established the UN System Task Team on the Post-2015 UN Development Agenda to focus on the analytical work on the global partnership for development, monitoring and indicators for financing and sustainable development.

The MDGs were created in 2000, after a meeting of 150 heads of state where they set eight development-related objectives touching on poverty, health, education, role of women, environment and global partnerships.

Countries were given a time frame of 15 years to address them but it has been slow with most nations blaming the delay on poor economies.

After 2015, efforts to achieve a world of prosperity, equity, freedom, dignity and peace will continue unabated.

The UN has further promised to work with governments, civil society and other partners to build on the momentum generated by the MDGs and carry on with an ambitious post-2015 development agenda.


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