Re-shape Millennium Development Goals
Antigua and Barbuda Wednesday called for a re-shaping of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) citing the challenges faced by developing countries, including the Caribbean, in meeting the commitments under the initiative.
Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer, addressing the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), said with a 15-year time span for its implementation, the MDG declaration was widely expected to inspire development and directly improve the lives of hundreds of millions of people.
But he said 13 years have gone by, “and what do we, as a global community, have to show in terms of concrete results? No matter which side of the lens we look from, something is appallingly wrong.
“With less than two years to go before 2015, we must ask ourselves as leaders why have the commitments related to the most significant global declaration made to the world’s most vulnerable people, not being fulfilled?.
“It is important for me to be extremely clear (that) I am not here to declare the MDGs as dead nor am I advocating for them to be interred. Rather, I remain convinced that they can still be refocused, reformed, reshaped, and rebranded into a new mechanism post-2015,” he told the UNGA.
“We find ourselves standing at the precipice of 2015, that crucial defining moment; this moment is captured by notable but uneven developments in some crucial areas, considerable gaps remain and new challenges have emerged.”