Significant strides made in people-centred approach to development and poverty alleviation: Prime Minister Gonsalves

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Ralph Gonsalves

St. Vincent and the Grenadines continues to make significant strides in its people-centred approach to development and poverty alleviation.

Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves told the UN General Assembly on Friday that this past June, the Caribbean State was one of 18 countries recognized by the UN Food and Agriculture organization (FAO) for achieving Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 1 –that is – halving the proportion of hungry people by 2015 to below 5 percent.

The prime minister said St. Vincent and the Grenadines also met the more stringent World Food Summit goal of halving the absolute number of hungry people by 2015.

” For a small, vulnerable country to achieve this task ahead of schedule and in the midst of this debilitating global economic and financial crisis is truly outstanding. And we have done so while maintaining and advancing good governance, individual civil liberties, and democracy in accord with global best practices. But the ambitions of my government are far greater than Goal 1 of the MDGs. Having more than halved hunger, and pushed it below 5 percent of the population, we have now set our sights on the elimination of hunger altogether – to achieve zero hunger. “

Prime Minister Gonsalves said his government's policy goal of ensuring that no man, woman or child goes to bed hungry will have its own positive knock-on effects on poverty reduction, health and arresting the spread of non-communicable diseases, which he said, should also be of central importance in the post -2015 development agenda.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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