President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has said that the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted in 2000 to help reduce global poverty, improve global access to healthcare, education and Water and Sanitation Hygiene (WASH) services, might have made a greater impact, but these are not actually felt or visible as a result of the lack adequate data.Delivering the Keynote address at the High Level Segment of the Annual Ministerial Review of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on Thursday, President Sirleaf said, though the MDGs made a lot of progress, the lack of capacities and accurate measurements for progress are serious issues in assessing the real impacts of the MDGs in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) such as Liberia.According to a dispatch from the US, the President spoke on the theme, “Implementing a Post-2015 Development Agenda That Works for the LDCs.”She also pointed out that due to the lack of consultations during the early years of implementation of the MDGs, most of the LDCs did not take ownership of the global objectives nor did they believe it to be solutions to their problems.“Moreover, by utilizing a uniformed set of targets, the methodology overlooked differences in country conditions and capacities, leading to challenges in assessing progress made by respective countries,” she said.Nevertheless, President Sirleaf indicated that the MDGs framework became an important tool for improving human development, especially in the LDCs; adding that significant progress has been achieved globally in addressing poverty, malnutrition and communicable diseases, as well as in human development indicators such as education and health.She stressed that when the MDGs was launched in 2000, Liberia was still mired in conflict with no knowledge and participation in its formulation.However, she noted that since 2006, Liberia has made significant progress especially in education, gender equality and women empowerment, HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases as well as resource management.“These have enabled Liberia to attract investment and promote sustained and inclusive growth aimed at raising people’s well-being and expectations,” she said.President Sirlreaf however emphasized that the Ebola outbreak exacerbated Liberia’s economic growth decline, and its transformation which was already being affected by decline in the country’s main exports of rubber and iron ore.She said the experience of Liberia and its neighbors with the Ebola virus disease highlighted the fact that while all countries are at risk of such outbreaks, the LDCs are particularly vulnerable to public health emergencies, with severe impacts on the lives, livelihoods and the economies of these countries.She reiterated that Liberia’s experience suggests the fundamental importance of infrastructure and essential skills development, as well as training to strengthen the capacities of LDCs to respond to public health challenges and emergencies, and to mitigate shocks to health systems.Liberia currently serves as a member of the Global Coordination Bureau of the LDCs within the United Nations.The MDGs are eight international development goals that were established following the Millennium Summit of the United Nations in 2000. It was adopted by the United Nations Millennium Declaration. It rallied the world around a common 15-year agenda to tackle the indignity of poverty by establishing measurable, universally-agreed objectives for eradicating extreme poverty and hunger; preventing deadly, but treatable disease, and expanding educational opportunities to all children, among other development imperatives.The MDGs came to an end this year; though with a lot of progress, much still need to be done, especially in the Least Development Countries. It is shortly to be replaced with another global development agenda that is being prepared by the UN.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
14 14 14 Ashley Williams, defender – 9 – A true leader in the heart of the Dragons’ defence, organising the back five and losing his marker to head home the equaliser from a corner. A type of player England were lacking in Roy Hodgson’s squad. Ben Davies, defender – 7 – Solid at the heart of defence but it was tarnished early on when he was booked inside five minutes, meaning he will miss the semi final. Chris Gunter, wing-back – 7 – The Reading full-back had to face some big stars from Belgium and he dealt with them well, putting in a solid performance on the right-hand side. His stunning cross found Sam Vokes for Wales’ third late on. Wales’ incredible Euro story continued on Friday as they booked their place in the semi final with an incredible win over Belgium.Chris Coleman’s side came from behind to win 3-1 in Lille – live on talkSPORT – to book a last four meeting with Portugal. Chelsea target Radja Nainggolan netted a superb long-range strike for the Red Devils before Ashley Williams headed them back on level terms. Hal Robson-Kanu came up with a spectacular piece of skill to put the Dragons in front, before Sam Vokes came off the bench to make it three late on. So, how did Wales fare against Marc Wilmots’ Belgium? Click the arrow, above right, to see how talkSPORT rated all 11 starters and three substitutes’ performances at Stade Pierre-Mauroy 14 14 14 14 14 Hal Robson-Kanu, forward – 8 – Took his goal brilliantly, losing three markers with a Cruyff turn before finishing coolly past Thibaut Courtois. Battled hard for the duration. He is a free agent after leaving Reading and the goal will only have helped his stock rise. Expect to see him in the Premier League in 2016/17. Joe Allen, holding midfield – 7 – Chased every cause and broke up play in the centre. Was at fault as he gave away possession which led to Radja Nainggolan’s goal in the first half. 14 14 Joe Ledley, holding midfield – 7 – Incredible to be here after picking up an injury at the end of the Premier League season. A solid performance before he was replaced by Andy King. 14 Aaron Ramsey, attacking midfield – 8 – As he has been in this tournament, the Arsenal midfielder was excellent and influential. He controlled the ball in the box brilliantly before laying on the assist for Robson-Kanu to make it 2-1. He made a mistake in the 75th minute – and he knew it – when he was shown a yellow card, ruling him out of the semi-final due to suspension. 14 14 14 Neil Taylor, wing-back – 8 – Made a vital clearance off the goal-line early on and he nearly scored his second goal of the tournament in the second half. Performed his attacking and defensive duties brilliantly. James Chester, defender – 8 – Very good alongside Ashley Williams. Tony Pulis should be impressed by his performances after playing him out of position for West Brom last season. Wayne Hennessey, goalkeeper – 7 – Made a key save early on as Belgium started well. Little he could do to stop Radja Nainggolan’s first-half rocket. SUB ONE – Andy King, midfield – 7 – Replaced Joe Ledley in the second half and broke up play well in midfield, making it hard for Belgium to find a way through. SUB TWO – Sam Vokes, forward – 8 – The Burnley midfielder was put on to chase balls and see out the win, but he sealed the victory with a great header late on. He took his chance brilliantly, meeting Chris Gunter’s cross from the right-hand side. Gareth Bale, attacking midfield – 7 – By his usually high standards, the Real Madrid star was relatively quiet. Wales showed they were not a one-man team as Robson-Kanu netted the winner, Ramsey assisting. Bale chased every cause and he had lively moments, very nearly scoring in the first-half after a long solo run. Without Ramsey in the semi-final, the 26-year-old will be even more important. SUB THREE – James Collins, defender – N/A – The 32-year-old was put on late in the game to run down the clock and see out the victory.