Pretoria – On 14 May, Helen Clark, the UNDP Administrator and Chair of the UN Development Group, launched 8 Goals for Africa, a song by eight famous African musicians, calling for commitment to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. These are a set of eight internationally-agreed goals to reduce poverty, hunger, disease and maternal and child deaths and promote gender equality, universal education and a sustainable environment as well as a global partnership to achieve these aims by 2015.
Archive for June, 2010
Geneva – Today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is heading to South Africa where one of the most anticipated sporting events in history will begin this Friday. For the very first time ever, the FIFA World Cup will take place on African soil, representing an immense opportunity for positive change in the region. The UN’s strong presence at and around the event will emphasize that while the competition will undoubtedly be fierce, the tournament represents much more than victory and defeat. (more…)
Call for accelerated action to achieve Millennium Development Goal 2: Universal Primary Education by 2015
On 8 June 2010, the Government of South Africa and the initiative “Sports for Peace” supported by the United Nations will host a gala event at the symbolic Constitutional Hill in Johannesburg to draw attention to the Millennium Development Goals, (MDGs) particularly MDG 2: Achieve universal primary education by 2015. 75 million children around the world are still out of school, and it is urgent to invest in education to realize the dream of a world without poverty. (more…)