IIMSAM Official Hopes World Summit on MDGs Would Craft New Proportions in Achieving the Targets
IIMSAM Middle East Director & Goodwill Ambassador Dr. Naseer Homoud wished that World Summit on United Nations Millennium Development Goals shall pave new dimension and renewed commitment from governments towards ensuring the accomplishment of laid targets which are of utmost importance for humanity
Leaders from around the world will meet in New York from Monday to Wednesday (20-22 September) for the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Summit. During the three day high level meeting that takes place at the UN Headquarters, they are to review progress, identify gaps and commit to a concrete action agenda to achieve MDGs by the agreed deadline, year 2015. A decade ago, at the Millennium Summit in September 2000, all member countries of the United Nations joined together in a 15-year effort to combat poverty, hunger and disease. They agreed that urgent action must be taken to save the lives of the mothers dying needlessly in childbirth, to get the millions of children missing out of education into school, to fight the spread of killer diseases and first and foremost to halve the number of people living in extreme poverty and hunger across the world.
Speaking on dire need to accomplish MDGs Dr. Homoud said “The Millennium Declaration symbolizes the vital commitments ever committed to the marginalized people and they look world community with high aspirations for changing their lives. We have to ensure the smile and happiness on their face and if we fail, destiny shall never pardon us”. He further advocated for "unconditional support" from all corners including governments and other stakeholders towards achieving MDGs as set by the United Nations.
The Millennium Development Goals Report-2010 issued from the good offices of Secretary General reveals that to achieve the target, more sincere and honest efforts are needed. In this context Dr. Homoud urged “Since MDGs are multifaceted in character and therefore necessitates concerted action by stakeholders from all levels. I take this opportunity to call on the governments and stakeholders for a comprehensive international partnership on the issues of global warming, eradication of poverty and hunger and for strengthening food production and food security policies.”
Governments and stakeholders must come up with strong commitment to promote employment through structural policies, work to address excessive commodity price volatility by improving the functioning and transparency of physical and financial markets and promoting a closer dialogue between producer and consumer countries. “It is not an unattainable task to achieve the MDGs in its given deadline; what we need is the implementation of the commitments and if this being the case let me assure that we are set to achieve the target,” said Dr. Homoud. He urged that the upcoming Summit is an opportunity for governments to reaffirm their commitment while redefining strategies that promote progress throughout a complex process, yet ensuring a roadmap that the world community could follow, in situation where nearly 5 years are left for achieving the goals. “What is needed is commitment and delivery of collective political will to foster international consensus, public policy, technical and institutional capacity, as well as the financial resources, in order to ensure the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals,” he said.
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