UN Millennium Development Goals to reduce poverty were agreed at a United Nations summit in 2000 and set African and other poor countries targets to raise living standards by 2015.
Africa has made least progress in meeting those goals, UN Development Programme Administrator Helen Clark said, and only $3 billion of the $25 billion that G8 nations pledged for
“Many countries in Africa are falling behind target to achieve the goals,” said
Clark, a former
“I’ve made my very first focus
the United Nations Development Programme’s $5 billion budget for this year will not be targeted by donors looking to save money during the global economic crisis,
“Africa contributed least to the coming of the crisis but it has ended up getting the worst impact of it,” said
“If there is one thing that has to come into focus now in poverty reduction, it is agriculture,” she said. “And I don’t just mean investment in commercial agriculture. We need to see smallholder farmers getting a fair price for their produce too.”
Clark echoed calls from Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, who represented
Rich countries should also provide finance to poorer countries to help them avoid increasing carbon emissions as they developed, she said.
The United Nations contributes about 21% of the world’s roughly $100 billion annual development aid.