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Bangladesh can still achieve its millennium development goal to cut poverty by half before the deadline in 2015 if the government follows right policies, ensures accountability and reaches resources to the disadvantaged people, a UN official said.

Minar Pimple, deputy director of United Nations Millennium Campaign, Asia, said Bangladesh has to identify challenges ahead and give a big push to achieve the target in the remaining six years.

The UN official spoke to the FE last week while he was in Dhaka to attend a seminar on poverty.


The United Nations Millennium Campaign is disappointed that the recently concluded G-20 meetings ended with nothing more than vague commitments to the needs of the world’s poorest represented by the Millennium Development Goals.


Sep 25
G20 Update

Attention shifts from the United Nations to Pittsburgh as world leaders convene for the G-20 summit. The day-long meeting, hosted by US President Barack Obama, will assess progress toward ending the global economic and financial crises, with agenda items including further plans to regulate and stimulate the global economy, efforts to monitor and limit executive salaries, prioritizing jobs and training a new generation in green jobs, reforming the international financial institutions, strengthening recovery in the world’s poorest countries, and mitigating and adapting to climate change.


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Ahead of Friday’s G-20 summit in Pittsburgh, the United Nations Millennium Campaign is releasing new figures which show that unless rich countries marshal additional resources at the summit, they are likely to deliver $33 billion less aid than promised to the poor countries which are hardest hit by the global economic crisis. At the same time, packages intended to help poor countries address the crisis might drive them deeper into debt.


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The United Nations Millennium Campaign is creating a unique platform for dialogue with two of the most influential Environment Ministers from Asia (Indonesia) and Africa (Nigeria) on how the Millennium Development Goals can help “seal a just deal” by bridging the gap between poverty and climate change, from the perspective of the poor in general and women in particular.

The latest publication from the Millennium Campaign on this subject will be launched by the Spanish Secretary of State for Development Cooperation. Copies will be available at the event.


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The Millennium Campaign in India is supporting Unnati Features and the Women's Feature Service in a new contest which aims to focus the attention of India's young adults on the issues that will impact their future.

The contest, called "Mera India, Bridge the Gap," asks Indians between the ages of 18-35 to explain what needs to be done to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and rank the most important actors in the fight against poverty. Winners will receive cash prizes at a special function in New Delhi.

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Nine years to the day since 189 heads of State signed the Millennium Declaration and committed to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Salil Shetty, Director of the UN Millennium Campaign, will answer the questions online from the readers of Elpais.com today, September 8 at 4:30 pm (GMT+2). Shetty will answer questions from readers on the progress made on the MDGs, the challenges ahead and the role and responsibilities of rich and poor countries in the fight against poverty, especially in light of the current economic crisis.


Bangladesh can still achieve its millennium development goal to cut poverty by half before the deadline in 2015 if the government follows right policies, ensures accountability and reaches resources to the disadvantaged people, a UN official said.

Minar Pimple, deputy director of United Nations Millennium Campaign, Asia, said Bangladesh has to identify challenges ahead and give a big push to achieve the target in the remaining six years.

The UN official spoke to the FE last week while he was in Dhaka to attend a seminar on poverty.


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In support of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), His Holiness Sri Sri Ravishankar, Founder of the Art of Living Foundation, launched the “Speed Up MDGs” campaign on August 23, 2009 at the Art of Living ashram in Bangalore. The “Speed Up MDGs” initiative is a global campaign focusing on eradicating extreme poverty, achieving universal primary education and ensuring environmental sustainability.


Achieving the fifth Millennium Development Goal (MDG) — to improve maternal health and meet the associated targets to reduce by three-quarters, between 1990 and 2015, the maternal mortality ratio and ensure universal access to reproductive health by 2015 — remains perhaps the greatest development challenge.