Adopted by the global community in 2000, the Millennium Development Goals was put together to ensure that the population of people living in extreme poverty and those suffering from hunger are reduced to 50 per cent by 2015.
It has been 14 years down the lane now, normally world leaders are supposed to be doing a round-up of their respective activities in individual nations but what has become the population of people living in extreme poverty as well as those going hungry every day.
With just a year for the 2015 deadline for achieving the MDGs, there is the urgent need to accelerate the progress recorded so far to meeting the 2015 goals.
And now, we are eyeing the post-2015 development agenda with the aim of advancing the MDGs, but without recording a significant progress as far as the MDG for 2015 is concern, world leaders can only do little with the post-2015 agenda, another 15 years target.
As regards the post-2015 development agenda, the United Nations’ Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon already appointed High-Level Panel of Eminent persons to propose potential new goals and targets to serve as guide for the development agenda.
While one need to applaud the 2015 MDGs follow-up, the post-2015 development agenda, we should work towards eliminating hunger before we even get to the 15-year deadline.
One of the goals of the 2015 MDGs is to half the population of people who are suffering from extreme poverty and under-nutrition, that of the post-2015 is looking at ending hunger and under-nutrition by 2030.
‘Ending hunger and under-nutrition by 2030,’that’s huge and would be great, it’s also achievable on the notion that governments, international donor as well as concerned organisations and institutions allocate sufficient resource backed up with appropriate and achievable policies and investments.
We should consider other benefits that come with ending hunger and under-nutrition as soon as possible – like healthy population which comes with better productivity.
From the above, it’s obvious that Africa is not close to having the undernourished on the continent to half by 2015: 25.9 per cent of the population in 2000 as against 21.2 per cent of the population in 2013 – not close to half, that’s 18.15 per cent reduction from 2000 figures against that of 2013.
The MDGs is just a year away, do you think Africa can still record some landmarks with regards to reducing the undernourished on the continent by half or even a quarter? Use the comment section below!