No, this time I am not talking about Malaysian politics. I’m neither mainly writing about Barisan or Pakatan’s promises since GE12 because we know some are just political rhetorics. I’m also not going to comment on new promises of our MP to behave in the parliament or in the public (although not long after that they went out from the session just because cannot debate on one issue and one more challange for independent MPs to quit their post using Article 52(1) Federal Consitution..Mr Karpal, are they attending the session or not? Aiyoh.. behave like adults lah.. Very The World Class).
This news was obtained in The Star, sourced from AP:
UNITED NATIONS: Rich nations have not kept their promises to help the world’s poor and need to deliver an additional $35 bil (RM119bil) in aid annually starting this year to reach U.N. anti-poverty goals by 2015, secretary-general Ban Ki-moon said in a new U.N. report launched Tuesday.
The U.N. chief said he is “cautiously optimistic” the goals can be achieved if developed countries keep the financial commitments they have already made and leaders of developing countries demonstrate the “political will” to reach the targets which world leaders adopted at the U.N. Millennium Summit in 2000.
The goals include cutting extreme poverty by half, ensuring universal primary school education for all children, halting the AIDS pandemic and reducing the proportion of people without access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation by half, all by 2015.
Ban has invited world leaders to a summit at U.N. headquarters on Sept. 20-22, ahead of the General Assembly’s annual ministerial meeting, to reinvigorate efforts to achieve the goals in the five years remaining.
The secretary-general said some successes have been attained by the poorest countries, citing one of the largest-ever reductions in measles deaths in sub-Saharan Africa between 1999 and 2004 and the fastest growth in primary school enrolment in the same region within the past decade, from 58 to 74 percent, mainly through the abolition of school fees.
In other successes, Malawi has doubled agricultural production. Cambodia halted and reversed the spread of HIV. Rwanda elected a majority of women to its parliament. In northeast Brazil, stunted growth – an indicator of child malnutrition – decreased from 22.2% in 1996 to 5.9% in 2006-2007, according to the report.
But Ban said “progress has been very uneven.”
“We are off course because of unmet commitments, inadequate resources and a lack of focus and accountability,” the U.N. chief told diplomats from the 192 U.N. member states at a meeting of the general assembly to introduce the report, entitled “Keeping the Promise.”
“The message is clear: with the right policies, adequate investment and international support, enormous challenges can be overcome,” he said.
Ban said developing countries need to do their utmost to improve governance, empower women and promote health, education and jobs while developed countries need to meet the financial promises they made at the Group of Eight summit in Gleneagles, Scotland, in 2000.
At that summit, the major industrialized powers agreed to increase yearly aid to developing countries, amounting to an extra US$50bil (RM170bil) by 2010 compared to 2004, and to channel US$25bil (RM85bil) of the increase to Africa.
According to the new report, that aid commitment is approximately US$154bil (RM524bil) in current value and an additional US$35bil (RM119bil) a year needs to be delivered to meet the target. Africa will need an extra US$20bil (RM68bil) of the increase this year to reach the Gleneagles target of US$63bil (RM214bil) by 2010, it said.
“If these promises are not met, the poor will suffer and, indeed, die in large numbers,” the report said.-AP
With this report, it seems some part of the world still needs our (or in this case, the developed countries) attention and aid. While some part of the world still struggling for power, some in need of help in terms of basic needs.
Based on the report, much is needed to help countries that are not yet developing. Basic needs are still need to fulfilled. Of course, with so little source and strenght, help is sought from those who are in better condition. Under this term, developed countries’ help are needed. They have the capabilities, abilities, and resources (be it in terms of funds, expertise etc). The only question is, how willing are they to do it. How concern are they to help those in need? How willing corporations to assist development in those undeveloped countries? And how much really reach those in need?
If the amount is reported to be in billions USD already, the last question of the questions above is my concern (and perhaps yours). How much of those chunk of funds has been really developed those countries? How much of those gone in terms of administration, management or consultation charges?
I do pray that those that given their promises keep their words and fulfill the promises. And I also pray that much that have been promised really, really reach those in need.
Sorry to bore political readers with no juicy political opinion..hehehe
Questions on the street: According to report above, developing countries need to do their utmost to improve governance, empower women and promote health, education and jobs… Since Malaysia is considered as developing.. how well we are doing?