OTTAWA, May 30, 2013 /CNW/ - Today in New York the High-Level Panel of
Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda presented its
recommendations to the Secretary General of the United Nations. After
10 months of deliberations and consultations across the world that
included more than 70 countries and hundreds of thousands of people,
the prime minister of the UK, along with the presidents of Liberia and
Indonesia, officially delivered their recommendations as to how the
world should address global poverty and development once the MDGs
expire in 2015.
Harry Kits, World Vision Canada's senior policy advisor for economic
"The high-level panel has set out strong recommendations that can move
us forward from the MDGs to end extreme poverty. Between now and 2014,
there will be considerable debate on these goals and this is a critical
opportunity for Canada to sustain its global leadership on child and
maternal health and nutrition and to emphasize the needs of the most
vulnerable in fragile states."
"The target to end preventable child deaths is the clearest signpost of
the international community's ability to stay the course. It's within
reach, but the last mile will be the hardest because deaths are
concentrated in the hard-to-reach places, such as the Democratic
Republic of Congo and Afghanistan."
"This report clearly shows an understanding that 50 per cent of people
living in extreme poverty are in fragile and violent contexts, but
these goals fail to emphasize the solutions for these places. What we
see in this report is insufficient to reach the world's most vulnerable
and remote families and without a special focus, we'll never reach zero
preventable child deaths."
"In the coming weeks, Canada will have the opportunity to take its place
on the global stage at the Nutrition for Growth event and the G8 Summit
and press for the needs of the most vulnerable."
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SOURCE: World Vision Canada
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