Post 2015 Devt Agenda to replace MDGs concept

By Judith Akolo

The eight goal MDG plan includes; Eradication of extreme poverty and hunger, and achieving universal primary education

The United Nations, Millennium Development Goals – MDGs concept that ends next year is set to be replaced with Post 2015 Development Agenda.

UNDP Economic Advisor Wilmot Reeves says this will enable UN member states to realize the targets that were missed under the MDG regime.

According to UNDP Economic Advisor Wilmot Reeves, the new agenda is intended to help deal with the challenges to development that have not been achieved in the last 24 years of the MDGs.

“Despite the reported significant achievements in many of the MDG targets, the 2014 report notes that these achievements have been uneven between goals, among and within regions and countries, and between population groups,” said Reeves as he released the 2014 MDGs report.

The eight goal plan includes; Eradication of extreme poverty and hunger, achieving universal primary education, promotion of gender equality and women empowerment.

Others are; reducing child mortality, improvement of maternal health through reducing cripplingly high maternal mortality rates, combating HIV/Aids, malaria and other diseases, ensuring environmental sustainability and the development of global partnerships for development, most of which have not been realized in Sub Sahara Africa.

Reeves noted that the initiative by First Lady, Mrs. Margaret Kenyatta, of “Beyond Zero Campaign”, which focuses on the lagging MDGs-4 and 5 and in which the initiative will see the provision of mobile clinics in all 47 counties is being supported by the UN system in Kenya.

He said contrary to reports that development partners are moving out of the country, they still support social initiatives including in the health sector.

He however said the UN is worried about the retrogressive cultural practices and early marriages of African girls that are impeding the girl children from accessing an education.

Reeves said malnutrition and hunger are a main cause of stunting among African children a matter he said is also impacting negatively on realizing MDG One on eradicating extreme poverty and hunger.