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African Leaders Urge New Approach to Development E-mail
Tuesday, 13 September 2011 12:51


By Jerome Mwanda
IDN-InDepth NewsReport

NAIROBI (IDN) – In run-up to an important global forum on aid effectiveness, African leaders from fragile and conflict-affected countries have called for new approaches to development in the region and a reassessment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The call emerged from a regional meeting on peace- and state-building in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, September 7-9, 2011. Recognizing that not a single fragile state has achieved any of the eight MDGs, the African Development Bank (AfDB), along with the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the African Union Commission (AUC), organized the meeting.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 March 2014 16:22
MDG Summit Cape Town 2012 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dennis S Jubane - Managing Director VRS Media Ltd   
Saturday, 18 June 2011 16:06

CTICC1As the preparations for the MDG Summit in Cape Town Next year progress, one thing is certain and thats the business interest in this event.

The Private sector is now a vital partner in creating economic and social development. Business can no longer operate in isolation from the problems that impact society as a whole.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 March 2014 16:23
Economic Policy in Africa’s Youngest Country E-mail
Tuesday, 22 March 2011 00:00

Economic Policy in Africa’s Youngest Country

Submitted by Shanta on Fri, 2011-03-18 10:59

I felt truly privileged to participate in a workshop in Juba on “Growth and Sustainable Development in the new Republic of South Sudan,” organized by the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement.

South Sudan, which becomes independent on July 9, 2011, faces extreme challenges and opportunities.  Devastated by civil war, the country has high and deep poverty.  The poverty rate is 51 percent. In a recent survey, among the assets of the population is “a pair of shoes”: among the poorest 20 percent, only 37 percent owned one. About 80 percent of the people earn their living from (mostly subsistence) agriculture.  Low levels of literacy (27 percent) translate to extremely weak capacity throughout.

UN celebrates a 'watershed day' for women
Sunday, 04 July 2010 21:07

“UN Women will significantly boost UN efforts to promote gender equality, expand opportunity,and tackle discrimination around the globe.”— UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Global body launched: The fight against rape, female circumcision, child mortality and poor healthcare takes on a higher priority.

Some 65 years after it was founded, and after decades of reports on every species of sex discrimination and its wasteful effects, the United Nations has decided to set up a single, powerful body to promote equality for women around the world.

The General Assembly voted unanimously on Friday to launch a new agency called UN Women. It will begin its work in January, have a high-level leader, probably twice the $250m annual budget now allocated to gender issues, and will be tasked with challenging governments on women's plights and rights.


United Nations sets up high-level MDG Advocacy Group
Sunday, 27 June 2010 00:00

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

New York, US - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has set up a high-level Millennium Development Group (MDG) Advocacy Group, comprising 17 current and former political leaders, business people and thinkers from around the world to galvanise support for achieving the goals.

Ban named Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero as co-chairs of the group.



Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 June 2010 16:05
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