Jamaica warns of many challenges as MDGs deadline draws nearListen /
Jamaica has urged the international community to accelerate efforts to attain the Millennium Development Goals by the 2015 deadline.
The eight goals or MDGs as they called range from halving extreme poverty rates to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education – all by the target date of 2015.
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller said while we contemplate a post-2015 development agenda, we must also complete unfinished business in the reduction of extreme poverty and hunger; combating HIV/AIDS; halting and reversing the incidence of malaria and tuberculosis; and increasing access to reproductive health.
“In our deliberations on a post-2015 development agenda we must determine how best to shape a global compact that is universal and people-centered, and which strikes the balance between the need for robust economic growth; job creation, poverty eradication and the equally important need to preserve and protect the environment. Our deliberations have to take into account the special needs of disadvantaged groups of countries, in particular, the vulnerable group of Small-Island Developing States which are grappling with climate change, sea-level rise and the need to deal with new and emerging economic and social situations.”
Prime minister Portia Simpson-Miller stressed that a sustainable approach to development should include disabilities in the post-2015 development agenda.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.