UNDP chief urges accelerated progress toward realizing anti-poverty goals (2)

10:45, June 18, 2010      

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She highlighted the report's recommendation to promote jobs in agriculture, especially in countries with large numbers of people living off the land.

At the moment, 2.5 billion people in the developing world depend on agriculture for their livelihood. In such countries, farmers need to be given access to fertilizers, seeds, agricultural extension services, secure land rights and access to markets, she said, pointing to Ghana, which improved food production by 40 percent through a nationwide fertilizer subsidy program.

In order for world leaders to come up with a concrete action plan for MDG progress, Clark said she hoped the report will inform ongoing negotiations on the September summit's outcome document.

"We see out there a wide range of tried and tested policies, which if scaled up and replicated appropriate to an international context, can achieve the MDGs. We take a very positive approach to this," Clark said.

"Progress has been uneven across the goals and within regions and countries," Clark noted. "But we don't think the MDGs are unobtainable if the international community collectively determines it wants to meet them," she added.

The MDGs were established by the Millennium Declaration in 2000, in which 189 UN member states committed to achieve eight measurable development goals by 2015.

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