Sunday, September 29, 2013

President Jammeh notes progress and challenges of MDGs

Jammeh addresses 68th UNGA (Photo Credit: UN/Amanda Voisard)
Yahya Jammeh has noted both substantial progress and remaining challenges for Africa’s quest to meeting the Millennium Development Goals, MDGs, 2015 when he spoke on Friday at the UN General Assembly in New York.  

In reference to the 2013 MDG report on Africa’s performance, the President of The Gambia said the remaining challenges include the difficulty of translating economic growth into decent job opportunities, improving service delivery and minimizing income, gender and spatial inequalities.  

The West African country is on track to achieve the target for net enrolment in primary education and literacy rates among those aged 15 to 24. But, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in the country have warned The Gambia is unlikely to meet other goals like reducing poverty and hunger, and child deaths by half in 2015.    

“Protecting African livelihoods required international, regional and country approaches to address both severe weather hazards and conflicts orchestrated by foreign powers,” Jammeh told the UN on September 27.  

“Mitigating the adverse effects of climate change and putting an immediate end to the looting of natural resources by multinational companies called for a timely and decisive global response,” he stressed.

Written by Modou S. Joof
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