27 July 2011
UN REPORTS MAJOR PROGRESS TOWARDS MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS BUT THE MOST VULNERABLE ARE LEFT BEHIND
"They have reduced maternal deaths, expanded opportunities for women, increased access to clean water, and freed many people from deadly and debilitating disease. At the same time, the report shows that we still have a long way to go in empowering women and girls, promoting sustainable development, and protecting the most vulnerable from the devastating effects of multiple crises, be they conflicts, natural disasters or volatility in prices for food and energy" he went on to say.
Some of the significant achievements highlighted in the report include:-
- The world is on track to achieve the poverty reduction target
- The number of deaths of children under the age of five declined from 12.4 million in 1990 to 8.1 million in 2009, which means nearly 12,000 fewer children die each day.
- Deaths from malaria have been reduced by 20% worldwide
- New HIV/AIDS infections have dropped 21% from their peak in 1997
- An estimated 1.1 billion people in urban areas and 723 million people in rural areas gained access to an improved drinking water source over the period 1990-2008
Progress, however, has been uneven, and there are still too many people being left behind, the report notes. Despite major improvements, large gaps remain between and within countries, and efforts need to be intensified.
Those who have supported campaigns such as the Jubilee campaigns and Make Poverty History over the years can derive some satisfaction that their voice has contributed to bringing about this progress. However much still remains to be done and as many developed countries encounter their own financial difficulties, calls can be heard to reduce foreign aid budgets for example.
All of this indicates that there is still a need for ongoing action in the fight against poverty and injustice Beyond 2015