NEW YORK, September 27 (QNA) – HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser has called for intensified efforts to reach the UN anti-poverty targets, known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), by their fast approaching deadline of 2015.
Her Highness, a MDG Advocate for universal primary education, spoke at a meeting of the MDG Advocacy Group held on the sidelines of the 67th UN General Assembly and which urged the international community to step up efforts for the final three years.
Although several targets have been met ahead of schedule, including on poverty reduction, water access, slum improvement and gender parity in primary education, enormous challenges remain.
More than one billion people are still living in extreme poverty and approximately 61 million children of primary school age are out of school. Progress has been uneven within countries and regions and severe inequalities persist.
In the meeting, HH Sheikha Moza assured the Group of her ongoing commitment to the issue of the protection and promotion of education during times of conflict or insecurity as an important priority in the target of achieving universal primary education, as of the 61 million children out of school globally, nearly half of them live in areas affected by conflict.
As an example of this commitment, Her Highness pointed to the recent release of a legal handbook published by her initiative Education Above All, which will raise awareness of the preventative and protective potential of international law and act as a deterrent for future violations.
HH Sheikha Moza also informed the Group that in November she will be announcing the launch of a significant new initiative which will be an important step towards meeting the UN’s education goals. The announcement will take place in Doha during the fourth annual World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) as a platform for multi-stakeholder dialogue and the promotion of innovation in education.
The MDG Advocacy Group was established by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2010 to help him build political will and mobilize global action for the benefit of the poor and the most vulnerable.
“This is no time to relax. 2015 is fast approaching,” Mr. Ban told the Group at their meeting. “We must continue to push as hard as we can to build on the momentum the Goals have generated.”
He added that the Group is an “inspiring” example of partnership a model for approaching development challenges. “Governments stand at the centre. But we know that governments alone cannot get the job done. It will take the private sector, civil society, philanthropists and academia working together in common cause, catalyzing commitments and promoting accountability.”
HH Sheikha Moza Takes Part in MDG Advocacy Group’s Meeting
HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser has participated in the third annual meeting of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Advocacy group at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.
The meeting reviewed the progress achieved towards the MDGs.
HH Sheikha Moza, in her capacity as a global education advocate, renewed her call on the organizations and major donors to increase their contributions to the education funding and reinforce the protection of Education in conflict zones. (QNA)