April 05, 2013, Asmara, Eritrea— The United Nations Country Team and its partners in Eritrea observes the 1,000 days to the end of 2015 – the target date for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). To accelerate the MDGs in Eritrea, the UNCT has signed new Strategic Partnership Cooperation Framework (SPCF) with Government of Eritrea on January 28, 2013. The SPCF mainly focuses on five strategic areas, Basic social services, Capacity development, environmental sustainability, Gender equity and advancement of women.
In marking the MDG 1000-days countdown, all UN staff in Eritrea get together and observed the event. UN agencies working in Eritrea displayed MDG related posters and publications.
Speaking at the lunching occasion of the MDG momentum, the UN Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator, Ms. Christine N. Umutoni said that today is the beginning of th
e series of activities that the UNCT has planned and in the coming week 5th-12th of April, the UN will be partnering with various Ministries to organize advocacy towards MDGs.
“Progress on the MDGs is uneven, within and across countries and across the MDGs themselves; revealing wide disparities between localities or population groups” stated UNRC. She further said that Eritrea is achieving commendable progress in health related MDGs (4, 5, and 6) and is on course towards achieving the targets.
The Day has been identified by the UN Secretary General as an advocacy opportunity for all UN Agencies and its partners worldwide. In Eritrea, the UNCT has planned series of outreach activities in partnership with Government of the State of Eritrea. Today, April 05, 2013 the official launch of the 1000-days countdown MDG momentum commenced.
“The MDGs are the most successful global anti-poverty push in history,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said. “The Goals have helped set global and national priorities, mobilize action, and achieve remarkable results.”
The eight time-bound MDGs address poverty and hunger, education, gender equality, child mortality, maternal health, combatting AIDS, malaria and other diseases, environmental sustainability and a global partnership for development.
The world’s extreme poverty rate has been cut in half since 1990. A record number of children are in primary school — with an equal number of girls and boys for the first time. Maternal and child mortality have dropped. The world continues to fight killer diseases, such as malaria, tuberculosis and AIDS. Since 1990, two billion more people have gained access to safe drinking water.
To build on this success and accelerate action, the Secretary-General called on the international community to increase targeted investments in health, education, energy and sanitation; empower women and girls; focus on the most vulnerable people; keep up aid commitments; and re-energize efforts from governments to grassroots groups to make a difference.
The 1000-day milestone is an opportunity to amplify awareness of MDG achievements and the commitment to continue global progress, including in Eritrea.
“The more the world can achieve on the MDGs, the more it will be possible to build confidence and support for a bold and ambitious post-2015 development agenda,” UNDP Administrator Helen Clark said.