Friday, September 26, 2008

PGMA joins world leaders, CEOs, NGOs to fight global poverty

PGMA joins world leaders, CEOs, NGOs to fight global poverty

New York City -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo joined hands with
the world leaders, top officials from the private sector, foundations
and civil society who participated the recent Special MDG Meeting
where she delivered the Country Report on the progress made by the
Philippines in eliminating poverty and reaffirmed the country's
commitment to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) by 2015.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon convened the poverty summit at the UN
headquarters amid heightened concern on the negative impact of the
global crisis.

The special meeting was intended to galvanize world support to ensure
that eight poverty reduction goals agreed by the world leaders in 2000
are met by all countries by 2015.

This year marks the half way point of the MDG.

As she did in her address during the opening of the 63rd UN General
Assembly last Tuesday, the President unfolded the concrete plans and
practical actions to be taken by the Philippines to ensure the
country's compliance with the MDG target date.

She also enumerated specific actions that the Philippine government
has taken and continues to take to weather the high prices of oil and
food in the global market.

The President reported the highlights made by the Philippines in
achieving the goal since the October 2007 midterm report on the MDG
which stated that our country "has considerable progress particularly
in poverty reduction, nutrition, reducing child mortality, combating
AIDS and HIV, malaria and other diseases, and access to safe drinking
water and sanitary toilet facility."

However, the report made by the National Economic Development
Authority said that the Philippines needs to work harder on targets
concerning universal access to education, maternal mortality and
access to reproductive health services.

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) include eradicating extreme
poverty and hunger, achieving universal primary education, promoting
gender equality, reducing child mortality, improving maternal health,
combating diseases such as HIV/AIDS, ensuring environmental
sustainability and creating global partnerships for development, trade
and debt relief.

The Millennium Declaration was signed by 189 member states, including
the Philippines.

One of the highlights of the MDG summit was the launching of a Global
Malaria Action plan, under which heads of the state, chief executive
officers and other dignitaries announced billions of dollars in new
funding commitments for Malaria control and research. (PIA La Union)

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