News from the 2013 MDG summit

25/09/2013 at 6:44 am 1 comment

At the end of September, the UN’s General Assembly held a number of events to take stock of progress towards in global development.

Here’s the official outcome document, and some reports on what happened at, and around, the summit:

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Outcomes Day 2

 

  • Dóchas in the Metro Herald (25 Sept)

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  • Dóchas in The Journal (24 Sept):
    “The Millennium Development Goals are a partnership, a contract. We cannot expect the goals to be reached if not all parties are sticking to the agreement.”
  • We must tackle the structural factors that inhibit development and produce poverty (Irish Times, 25 Sept):
    “The development goals missed the point that not only is extreme poverty – the absence of shelter, food and education – morally reprehensible, it is contrary to international law. Ensuring that people can live a dignified life is not merely the right thing to do if resources allow it, it is a legal obligation.”
  • If we work together, global poverty can be abolished by 2030 (The Journal, 25 Sept)
    “Further analysis of how this impressive progress has come about shows the importance of political leadership and a stubborn persistence to stay the course on national social policies and other promises to the world’s poorest people.”
  • Deeper cause of poverty has been ignored (Irish Examiner, 25 Sept)
    “We know global poverty is declining but income inequality is soaring, and billions of people are being left behind by economic growth.”

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  • The politics of getting women elected (Irish Examiner, 23 Sept)
    • “When the voices of women are under-represented in decision-making, issues that exclusively or primarily affect women will inevitably be relegated to secondary importance. “
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  • UN efforts to enhance MDGs must include issue of inequality (Belfast Newsletter, 25 Sept)
    “The MDGs were effective, both in their simplicity and in focusing the strength of solidarity within the international community. However, while the goals addressed the symptoms of poverty and underdevelopment, they ignored their deeper causes.”

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